Livelihoods News

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.

Farmers to get 50 per cent over the Cost of Production

Union Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Friday said 22,000 rural agriculture markets will be linked to make a national agricultural market by 2020. 

In a good news, India no longer is home to largest number of poor people in the world as this unwanted position has been taken over by Nigeria. In early 2018, the African nation overtook India as the land of world’s largest number of poor. “At the end of May 2018, our trajectories suggest that Nigeria had about 87 million people in extreme poverty, compared with India’s 73 million.

The Pune metropolitan region development authority (PMRDA), which is the nodal agency for implementing the pradhan mantri gramin awaas yojana (PMGAY) in the city, will be conducting a survey of the slum areas which fall under its jurisdiction.

Official spokesperson of the PMRDA, said, “As the PMRDA has been appointed as the nodal agency, we will be surveying the slums in the city. The basic aim of the survey is to identify the number of houses which needs to be built under the PM awaas scheme.”