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The government will soon launch a package for farmers to boost their income, Minister of State for Agriculture ParshottamRupala said Thursday amid speculations that the Centre is considering several measures to address distress in the farm sector. The minister, however, did not explains whether the relief package would be part of the upcoming Budget on …

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) Saturday projected a total credit potential for Odisha under priority sector at Rs 75,612 crores for 2019-20. This was a region of the State Focus Paper for Odisha, released at the State Credit Seminar for 2019-20. The seminar was inaugurated by Chief secretary A P Padhi …

The farm credit goal is likely to be raised by about 10 percent to a record Rs 12 lakh crores in the 2019-20 Budget to be presented on February 1, according to sources. For the present fiscal, the government has set a credit target of Rs 11 lakh crores. “The government has been increasing the …

Rahul Pawar, a young and educated farmer running a nursery at Khutbav village on the Pune-Solapur highway, had been doing a brisk business selling saplings to farmers for years. He had about 40 women working at the nursery throughout the year. Now he employs 15-20 people intermittently as business is down with vegetable growers, captured …

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 …