Livelihoods News

Financially empowered women are a “bulwark against societal evils”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said while interacting with more than one crore women associated with various self-help groups across the country. “For women empowerment financial independence is necessary. Women are enterprising, they don’t need to be taught, only need to be given opportunities to perform,” he said during the interaction through the ‘Narendra Modi Mobile App.

The thanksgiving rally" in Punjab's Muktsar -- 280 km from state capital Chandigarh -- was organised by the BJP and ally Akali Dal to mark the recent hike in minimum support price for 14 summer crops.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reached out to farmers with an address to a "thanksgiving" rally in Punjab, once known for its "Green Revolution". At the rally attended by thousands, he said he salutes the "hard working farmers from all over the country".

For rice, which is the main foodgrain grown during the kharif season, the area covered till July 5 is around 15 per cent less than last year

Sowing of kharif crops continued to be slack compared to the same period last year primarily due to a lull in the monsoon during June.

Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat today said the Prime Minister would give another "good news" to farmers in the coming days.


Days after the government hiked the MSP for kharif crops, Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat today said the Prime Minister would give another “good news” to farmers in the coming days.

Industries Minister KT Rama Rao handed over land allotment letters to about 18 women entrepreneurs at the land allotment ceremony held in Hyderabad on Friday.

The state government is mulling over purchase of the produce from those more than 50,000 garlic farmers in the state who were not considered despite their online registration, said Union minister of state for agriculture, Parshottam Rupala.

Modi government approves steep hike in MSP for Kharif crops 

In what could spell relief for farmers, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday has raised minimum support price (MSP) for kharif crops for FY19.

MSP for common variety of paddy has been raised by around 200 per quintal while that of fine paddy is up at Rs 1,750, from Rs 1,550 in FY18. The government has also upped urad MSP to Rs 5,600 per 100 kg from Rs 5,400 a year earlier. 

To woo distressed farmers ahead of 2019 general polls, the government plans to announce a sharp increase in the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy, the key kharif crop, by 13 per cent to Rs 1,750 per quintal for the 2018-19 crop years, sources said.

The MSP of the other 13 kharif (summer-sown) crops are also expected to be increased sharply, they said.

Prime Minister Modi, during his interaction with the delegates of farmers from five states on Friday, June 29, promised a stable mechanism to ensure timely payments to them.

The PM addressed the farmers, led by union minister Satyapal Singh, who is also MP from Baghpat and former union minister Sanjeev Balyan, MP from Muzaffarnagar for about 40 minutes on the agricultural policies of the government. The meeting was held at the official residence of PM Modi, 7, Lok Kalyan Marg in National Capital.

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