Explained: Why experts aren’t buying Centre’s argument against MSP for crops

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While the Centre has been claiming that making Minimum Support Price (MSP) legal for all crops will put a burden of Rs 17 lakh crore on the government exchequer annually, there are economists and experts who are not buying this argument. The MSP of 23 crops is determined by the Commission for Agriculture Cost and […]

Need to think beyond minimum support prices

The farm-agitations’ demand to repeal the three farm laws and legalise minimum support prices (MSPs) baffle us, given the apprehensions over the impact of the laws on the farmers are mostly misplaced.

The farm-agitations’ demand to repeal the three farm laws and legalise minimum support prices (MSPs) baffle us, given the apprehensions over the impact of the laws on the farmers are mostly misplaced. By PK Joshi & AK Padhee The three new farm laws, since their enactment, have been a subject of intense debate and discussion, […]

Why India should follow agricultural development-led industrialisation growth model

Why India should follow agricultural development-led industrialisation growth model

The economic reforms that began slowly in 1980s and got turbo-charged in 1991 did bring high growth, but this growth is perhaps unlike what was anticipated. The Lewisian structural transformation – resources shifting from low productive agriculture to high productive manufacturing (industrialisation) that brought prosperity to developed economies in the West (the US and parts […]

Modi govt’s policies have put the very survival of Indian farmers at stake

Modi govt’s policies have put the very survival of Indian farmers at stake

The MSP was kept for long below what it should have been, but was not given up. No government had till now been so brazen in its insensitivity towards the peasantry that it could dismantle the whole system. The Modi government, however, has beaten all previous governments in its insensitivity; it has decided to dismantle […]

Procurement of paddy at MSP in Punjab has been 25% more than last year: Puri

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri  (PTI)

New Delhi: Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday said that the budget of the Department of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare has gone up more than six times in the past six years. He added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has implemented the recommendations of the Swaminathan Committee to increase MSP to 1.5 times the […]

Farmers fear new laws will end MSP, govt procurement: Harish Rawat

Harish Rawat

New Delhi: Congress leader Harish Rawat has accused the Narendra Modi government of trying to weaken the ongoing farmers’ protest against the three farm laws by alleging that the opposition was seeking to mislead them. “The matter is between the government and the farmers. Why is the government seeking to give the opposition this opportunity,” […]

Morning Digest: Farmers’ protests continue amid impasse over new laws; more migrants returning to Bangladesh, shows BSF data, and more

Morning Digest: Farmers' protests continue amid impasse over new laws; more migrants returning to Bangladesh, shows BSF data, and more

Protesting farmer leaders have threatened to close the Delhi-Noida border crossing at Chilla on Wednesday if three contentious agricultural reform laws are not repealed. On the 20th day of protest, both the protestors and the Centre reiterated their positions and dialed up the rhetoric, but made no concrete efforts to resume negotiations. “Jab pyar karte […]

Morning Digest: Stopped from going to Delhi, farmers block Jaipur highway; pandemic, poverty spur child marriages in M.P., and more

Morning Digest: Stopped from going to Delhi, farmers block Jaipur highway; pandemic, poverty spur child marriages in M.P., and more

Hundreds of farmers from Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab and several other States, including Maharashtra and Gujarat, staged a sit-in on the the Delhi-Jaipur Highway blocking the carriageway towards the national Capital after they were stopped by the Haryana Police at the border with Rajasthan on December 13. The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown have proved to […]