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Vegetable oil imports rose by 11 percent last month to over 12 lakh tonne, edible oil industry body SEA stated on Tuesday and predicted that a rise in inward shipments of refined palm oil on customs duty cut that could affect domestic farmers and refiners. “Import of vegetable oils (comprising edible and non-edible oils) during …

India is likely to overshoot its fertilizer subsidy bill for this financial year by Rs 300 lakh crore ($4.2 billion), three sources with direct knowledge of the matter stated, and the government could tap state banks to fund the extra spending. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government anticipated Rs 700.8 lakh crores for fertilizer subsidies for …

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The signal from the recent assembly elections in Rajasthan has been very clear — its farmers and rural votes gave the Congress the winning edge. This is the section the Congress would focus on in the run-up to this year’s national elections, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi indicated today. For his first rally in Rajasthan after …

Various Congress MPs on Friday staged a protest outside Parliament premises on Friday, selling potatoes to raise issues concerning Punjab farmers. The Congress parliamentarians, comprising Sunil Jakhar and Gurjeet Singh Aujla, also raised slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ignoring the plight of the farmers in Punjab. Listing the BJP-led Centre, Mr. Jakhar alleged …

Congress President Rahul Gandhi stated on Friday that the narrative for upcoming Lok Sabha elections will not revolve around the Ram temple but matters such as jobs, farmers’ problems and “corruption in the Rafale deal”. “The narrative for 2019 elections is very easy. Jobs for India’s youth. What will set the narrative is the destruction …

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today alleged that her government will not allow the BJP-led Centre to tag its name with crop insurance for farmers in the state, just by bearing only 20 percent of the cost. The state would henceforth pay the whole amount, she said addressing an administrative meeting Bolpur in West …

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday initiated the International Rice Research Institute’s South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) campus in Varanasi. The center will work as a hub for rice research and training in South Asia. PM Modi dedicated the institute to the country. He stated that the institute will help farmers of the region to develop …

With about hundred days to the national election in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will look for another term, the BJP-led government is planning a major announcement for farmers, for which the PM held a nearly three-hour meeting at his residence last evening. Sources said PM Modi held discussions on a wide-ranging farm relief plan …

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Friday announced an Rs. 2,250-crore scheme to aid 22.76 lakh medium and marginal farmers of the state double their income by 2022. The state government will give Rs. 5,000 per acre to 22.76 lakh medium and marginal farmers from the next financial year, Mr. Das stated at a press …

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday drove out at the Congress and the BJP for pressing his government to write off farm loans in the state. While labeling a media gathering in Bhubaneswar, Mr. Patnaik dubbed the BJP as a party that “talks more and does less” and stated that the Congress was “responsible …

In the wake of BJP’s loss in three big states which many attributed to growing farm distress, the party-led Maharashtra government is considering a host of measures like ex-gratia grant and transport subsidy for onion growers to provide them relief against sliding prices. The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has to go a rural drubbing in …

Among criticism that the intensifying agrarian crisis has played a significant role in the BJP’s electoral defeat in three key states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday aimed the Opposition Congress for paying “lip service to farmers but ignoring their well-being” while stating that the BJP is the only party that “understands agricultural matters, stands …