All stories by Sanjeeb Mukherjee
How these 5 states look to pacify disgruntled farmersRediff.com18 Mar 2021
With the farmers' protest against the three new laws and in support of legalising the minimum support price (MSP) going strong, state governments have announced a slew of measures in their annual Budgets to placate farmers. The Centre kicked things off in the Union Budget by assuring farmers that the MSP would continue and coming out with a report card to demonstrate its commitment. However, these efforts don't seem to have yielded tangible results. In their respective Budgets, states chose to go a step further by announcing a variety of measures.
Modi: 'We need wealth creators to even distribute wealth'Rediff.com11 Feb 2021
Demoralising the private companies and disregarding their contribution won't do any good to the country or its youth as our experience has shown that private enterprises in mobile manufacturing has lead to every poor family owning a mobile phone now, while the country's private sector in the pharmaceutical space has been serving humanity through vaccines and medicines during Covid times, Modi said.
20% remained without work six months after losing jobs to lockdown: studyRediff.com28 Jan 2021
The survey showed that women workers fared worse than men when it came to employment recovery (53 per cent versus 57 per cent) and urban areas have been much worse hit despite a quicker bounce back.
Cracks in Sangh Parivar, BKS wants farm laws tweakedRediff.com3 Dec 2020
'We were among the first organisations to voice our opposition to the three Acts long before anyone else and had sent memorandums collected from 3,000 tehsils across the country to the agriculture ministry to amend the Bills, but nothing was accepted,' says BKS general secretary Badri Narayan Chaudhary.
Despite road blocks, there's no shortage of potato, onion in DelhiRediff.com2 Dec 2020
During this time of the year, potatoes and vegetables come from Punjab and Haryana.
States' own versions of farm Bills are falling short on farmers' needsRediff.com17 Nov 2020
Though the Bills of Punjab and Rajasthan have a lot of similarities, the one approved by the Chhattisgarh Assembly is structurally different. None of the three has tried to address a key demand of the agitating farmers in full, which is to make all payments below the MSP, within and outside mandis, illegal.
Data on India's burgeoning farm exports is not correctRediff.com17 Nov 2020
A closer look at the data reveals that a lot of the items are not part of this calculation. The notable ones include buffalo meat, marine exports, raw cotton, and plantation crops such as tea, coffee, rubber, etc.
Why food prices may remain high for a few monthsRediff.com16 Nov 2020
'If you see the composition of items which are causing this spike in prices, most of them have little to do with the kharif harvest, except for pulses and vegetables to some extent.' 'I don't know on what basis the government is claiming that food prices will moderate in the weeks to come.'
New farm laws a major boost for FPOsRediff.com22 Oct 2020
The reforms will help FPOs procure directly from farmers, something that they have been pressing for long.
Traders want reduction in duty on chana, govt says noRediff.com17 Oct 2020
Chana is majorly imported from Australia and Tanzania and it attracts an import duty of 60 per cent. A section of the traders is demanding a reduction in import duty to around 35-40 per cent to tide over any shortage of the commodity as the new crop will start hitting the market only around mid-February.
First time in 60 years monsoon is above normal for two seasons in a rowRediff.com8 Oct 2020
This year, the monsoon was above normal in almost all parts, except in North-West India, which comprises the major grain producing states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, along with states such as Himachal Pradesh, the NCR, Uttarakhand, and J&K.
India expected to harvest bumper kharif crop in FY21Rediff.com23 Sep 2020
Foodgrains production in 2020-21 is projected to be a record 144.52 million tonnes, which is 0.80 per cent more than the production in 2019-20.
Covid-19: MGNREGS funds fast drying up as demand surgesRediff.com23 Sep 2020
Almost 63 per cent of the increased allocation of around Rs 1.01 trillion has been spent in the first five months of 2020-21.
Mobile app to record off-mandi transactions likelyRediff.com15 Sep 2020
Opposition parties have alleged that the two agriculture Bills will undermine the safety net provided to the farmers by the MSP system and will lead to their exploitation by big companies.
Agriculture grows at 3.4% in Q1 despite GDP contractionRediff.com2 Sep 2020
However, the growth, driven largely by a bumper rabi harvest and facilitated by relaxation in lockdown, may not have resulted in a big rise in income for a section of farmers.
Area under kharif crops at all-time high of 108 mn haRediff.com29 Aug 2020
Though agriculture ministry officials are confident of a bumper harvest due to record increase in kharif acreage, experts and farmers said the on-ground situation in some crops is not that encouraging as incessant rains since the last few weeks and pest attack could impact the final yield.
Govt 'failure' left millions of migrants hungry during lockdownRediff.com26 Aug 2020
Only two in every five migrants said they received ration or cooked food from the administration either daily or at times.
Monsoon surge in August may lead to crop damageRediff.com22 Aug 2020
Reports said that in Telangana and Karnataka, excessive rains the past 10 days has threatened the standing green gram and maize crops and could negatively impact yields if the skies don't open up. But in the north-west and central parts of India, the resurgence of monsoon could not have come at a better time as oilseeds and pulses crops would otherwise had weathered if the rains didn't revive in August.
How Covid-19 moved India from milk shortage to glut in a few monthsRediff.com20 Aug 2020
The restrictions imposed in March led to a sharp slump in demand from bulk consumers like hotels, restaurants, and roadside tea stalls, as they were forced to shut down. Sales of major milk products such as ice-cream, butter milk, and cheese, which usually spike during summer, also dropped.
Job creation will be a big challenge in urban IndiaRediff.com17 Aug 2020
The situation could become more acute as millions of migrants who had returned to their villages during the lockdown come back to the towns for higher wages and better livelihoods.