15 Results

  • Madhya Pradesh farmers agitation

    Crisis of agriculture

    Agriculture is in crisis, and this is borne out by the widespread agitations by farmers. Hitherto, no one outside the villages was really aware of the hard times being faced by the peasantry. People in the cities generally believed the government's line that everything was hunkydory, and like other sectors agriculture was also progressing. In fact, even in the face of the farmers' movement, Government spokesmen were quoting figures to prove that farmers were indeed better off than before. And yet none

    Opinion | June 23, 2017
  • BJP president Amit Shah

    BJP has always supported free trade, free agriculture: Shah

    BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday said his party has been pro-free trade and free agriculture policy since its inception. "We had said (we support) free trade and free agriculture then (when BJP's predecessor Jana Sangh was formed) and today also we are saying free trade and free agriculture," the BJP chief said. Shah, who was speaking at `opinion-makers meet' with a select group of city residents from various sectors, reiterated that he considers Congress to be a

    India | June 18, 2017
  • Farmers

    Farmers cannot be given loan waivers: MP Agriculture Minister

    While Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is sitting on an indefinite hunger strike "until peace is restored", state Agriculture Minister Gauri Shankar Bisen said on Saturday that farmers cannot be given a loan waiver. "The demand for loan waiver to farmers in Madhya Pradesh holds no justification as we are taking back loans at a rate of 10 per cent less than the principal amount. When we did not impose any interests on loan, how can it be waived

    India | June 10, 2017
  • MSP, Farmers\' hike

    PM never promised 50% hike in MSP: Agriculture Minister

    Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi never promised 50 per cent hike in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of agriculture produce. Singh said Modi, in campaign rallies before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, had spoken about 50 per cent hike in farmers' income, and not the MSP. As per the Swaminathan Committee's recommendations, there should be increase in income of farmers by 50 per cent, Singh said. "During the campaigning, Prime Minister

    Business | May 23, 2017
  • Pema Khandu

    Arunachal CM seeks Centre's support for agriculture university

    Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday sought the Centre's support for a full-fledged agriculture university and a Centre of Excellence for Horticulture to be established in Arunachal Pradesh. Khandu conveyed this to Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Sudharshan Bhagat, who called on him at his office on Thursday. Noting that technological support in agriculture and horticulture is crucial to boost farm output, the Chief Minister requested Bhagat to consider a full-fledged agriculture university and a Centre of Excellence

    Cities | May 18, 2017
  • Food Grain

    Production of food grain a record 273.38 mn tonnes: Agriculture Ministry

    India's total food grains production in 2016-17 was estimated at a "record" 273.38 million tonnes, according to its third advance estimates, the Agriculture Ministry said on Tuesday. It shows increase in the production compared to the second advanced estimates -- issued in February - which had projected 271.98 million tonnes for the same agriculture crop year, which start from October. The ministry called the production numbers "a record" as bumper harvest is expected in food grains such as rice, wheat, coarse cereals,

    Business | May 10, 2017
  • Andhra Pradesh, agriculture

    Andhra inks accord with Iowa for cooperation in agriculture

    Andhra Pradesh has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with the US state of Iowa to promote research and development in the fields of science, agriculture and life sciences. The agreement between the Andhra Pradesh government and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship was signed on 7 May in the presence of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and the delegation accompanying him in Des Moines, capital of Iowa. On the fourth day of his ongoing tour

    Business | May 8, 2017
  • Taxation, Agriculture income, Panagariya, Agriculture

    No question of taxing agriculture income: Panagariya

    NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya on Friday categorically stated that there is no question of taxing agriculture income at a time when the government is keen on doubling the income of farmers. "80 per cent of rural areas are connected to agriculture and we are talking about doubling farmers' income. How can we talk about taxing farmers income?" Panagariya told reporters on the sidelines of a CII function. He was responding to a question on controversial remark on

    Business | April 29, 2017
  • Tax, Agriculture, NITI Aayog

    Tax agriculture income, says NITI Aayog member Debroy

    NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy on Tuesday made a strong case for taxing agriculture income, an opinion contrary to the government's stated position. In addition, the member of the government's top think tank also suggested that exemptions on personal income tax should be removed to increase tax base from the current about 37 million in the country of 1.3 billion of people. "On expanding the base on the personal income tax side, other than elimination of exemptions, is

    Business | April 26, 2017
  • Donald Trump

    Trump to sign agriculture executive order on Tuesday

    US President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday that looks to help the American agriculture business by establishing a task force to identify impediments to the business' growth, the media reported. Trump will sign the executive order after a meeting with 15 farmers from across the country, including Zippy Duvall, the president of the American Farm Bureau; Bill Northey, the Iowa Secretary of Agriculture; and Lisa Johnson Billy, a farmer and former Oklahoma House member, CNN

    Business | April 25, 2017