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Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan Convener Akshay Kumar has been on an indefinite fast for the last 15 days. The Government, Opposition as well as the media houses have turned a blind eye to Akshay Kumar’s protest. Akshay has been protesting against Odisha Government’s decision to reduce the financial assistance to farmers under #KALIA from Rs […]

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Naba Nirman Krushak Sangathan Convener Akshay Kumar has been on an indefinite fast for the last 15 days. The Government, Opposition as well as the media houses have turned a blind eye to Akshay Kumar’s protest.

Akshay has been protesting against Odisha Government’s decision to reduce the financial assistance to farmers under #KALIA from Rs 10,000 to Rs 4,000 per annum.

While the State Government argues that it has implemented PM Kisan Yojana in Odisha, Akshay Kumar has argued that other States that implemented the central scheme, have not diluted their own schemes. Who will listen to the voice of Farmers?

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Govt hikes Minimum Support Price for Rabi Crops; Here’re the details https://enewsinsight.com/govt-hikes-minimum-support-price-for-rabi-crops-herere-the-details/ Wed, 23 Oct 2019 10:51:10 +0000 https://enewsinsight.com/?p=24837

TNI Bureau: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved minimum support price (MSP)s of all rabi (winter-sown) crops for the 2019-20 crop year. MSP is the rate at which the government buys grains from farmers. Here’re the details MSP for wheat increased by Rs 85 per quintal […]

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TNI Bureau: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved minimum support price (MSP)s of all rabi (winter-sown) crops for the 2019-20 crop year.

MSP is the rate at which the government buys grains from farmers.

Here’re the details

  • MSP for wheat increased by Rs 85 per quintal from Rs 1,840 per quintal last year to Rs 1,925 per quintal for the 2019-20 rabi crop.
  • Barley MSP increased by Rs 85 from Rs 1,440 per quintal last year to Rs 1,525 per quintal this year.
  • MSP of masoor increased by Rs 325 from Rs 4,475 per quintal last year to Rs 4,800 per quintal for this year.
  • MSP of gram hiked by Rs 255 from Rs 4,620 per quintal last year to Rs 4,875 per quintal for this year.
  • Rapeseed/mustard MSP increased by Rs 225 from Rs 4,200 per quintal to Rs 4,425 per quintal for 2019-20 rabi crop.
  • Safflower MSP hiked by Rs 270 from Rs 4,945 per quintal to Rs 5,215 per quintal for the current year.

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PM Modi launches Pension Scheme for Farmers https://enewsinsight.com/pm-modi-launches-pension-scheme-for-farmers/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 11:05:14 +0000 https://enewsinsight.com/?p=24215

TNI Bureau: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched an ambitious pension scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Mandhan Yojana’ for farmers from Ranchi in Jharkhand. Under the scheme, Small and marginal farmers between the age of 18 to 40 years can apply to receive a pension of Rs 3,000 per month. They will get Rs 3,000 […]

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TNI Bureau: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched an ambitious pension scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Mandhan Yojana’ for farmers from Ranchi in Jharkhand.

Under the scheme, Small and marginal farmers between the age of 18 to 40 years can apply to receive a pension of Rs 3,000 per month. They will get Rs 3,000 monthly pension after reaching 60.

An amount of Rs 10,774 crore has been sanctioned for the scheme for next three years.

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E-farming Odisha develops Mobile App for Farmers https://enewsinsight.com/e-farming-odisha-develops-mobile-app-for-farmers/ Wed, 28 Aug 2019 12:18:07 +0000 https://enewsinsight.com/?p=23963

TNI Bureau: E-farming Odisha has developed a Mobile application to solve the problem of selling and buying farming products in Odisha. Through this app, farmers can sell their farming products easily in fair price. They can also find solution on how to control bacterial diseases in plants. This mobile application provides diversified videos of agriculture […]

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TNI Bureau: E-farming Odisha has developed a Mobile application to solve the problem of selling and buying farming products in Odisha.

Through this app, farmers can sell their farming products easily in fair price. They can also find solution on how to control bacterial diseases in plants.

This mobile application provides diversified videos of agriculture works.

People can download this farming app via

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.project.efarming

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Ganjam District Collector sets example by working with Farmers in Paddy Field https://enewsinsight.com/ganjam-district-collector-sets-example-by-working-with-farmers-in-paddy-field/ Tue, 30 Jul 2019 12:09:41 +0000 http://enewsinsight.com/?p=23733

TNI Bureau:  Ganjam district Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange has set an example by working with farmers in a paddy field. Kulange was spotted working with farmers while recently visited Bharasa village of Mathura panchayat under Khalikote block to review status of cultivation work under the National Food Security Act. Kulange surprised many when he went […]

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TNI Bureau:  Ganjam district Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange has set an example by working with farmers in a paddy field.

Kulange was spotted working with farmers while recently visited Bharasa village of Mathura panchayat under Khalikote block to review status of cultivation work under the National Food Security Act. Kulange surprised many when he went down in knee-deep muddy water and joined the farmers in planting paddy saplings.

He motivated them to have crop insurance benefits under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana and exchanged other advantages of row plantation techniques.

Inspired by the IAS officer’s actions, several other officials accompanying him also planted saplings.

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Facebook Debate on Farm Loan Waiver & Solutions to Farmers’ Crisis https://enewsinsight.com/facebook-debate-on-farm-loan-waiver-solutions-to-farmers-crisis/ Wed, 20 Feb 2019 03:55:48 +0000 http://www.enewsinsight.com/?p=22824 Farmers-Debate

TNI Bureau: Is Farm Loan Waiver only solution to address the farmers’ problems? What would be the ramifications? It was our debate topic on Facebook and you have answered below. Kailash Behera – As a senior retired banker, I would say that farm loan waiver is a suicidal step for the banking industry. It encourages […]

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TNI Bureau: Is Farm Loan Waiver only solution to address the farmers’ problems? What would be the ramifications? It was our debate topic on Facebook and you have answered below.

Kailash Behera – As a senior retired banker, I would say that farm loan waiver is a suicidal step for the banking industry. It encourages willful default and chokes the flow of financial growth. Yes, the loan waiver scheme will be beneficial if it’s judiciously implemented in worthy cases where the default is made because of reasons beyond the capacity of farmers. But unfortunately it never happens.

Instead of popularizing this vote catching tool, the planners should emphasize on long term sustainable schemes like irrigation, free power, subsidized farm machinery, number of cold storage, goddowns, alternative agri-linked activities, forward and backwards linkage. And, last, but not the least, the schemes should be implemented by some sincere bankers and not by middlemen.

Girija Mishra: The issue needs to be viewed in an overall perspective.

(1) What is the total quantum of loans waived and/or bad debt provisioned for the fiscal by the State and what percentage of it is constituted by the said waiver?

(2) Is it a one-time waiver with proper documentation to ensure that habitual offenders do not misuse the same, or is it intended to be a repeat mechanism to allure the electorate?

(3) What proactive steps would be initiated by the Govt to ensure that such large or hard earned tax payers’ money isn’t channelized towards freebies/gimmicks/electoral gains?

(4) Unless the sole motive is electoral gains, at least three to four independent agencies/statutory auditors need to be roped in to see implementation of the decision in an impartial, fair and objective manner. Just a few pointers; there would be many more, delving deep.

Need to add this: India’s still a largely agrarian economy, though necessary interventions to make agriculture decreasingly dependent on factors beyond control of farmers’ are neither being mooted nor implemented with fervor… Banks and financial institutions that fund SOHO/SME/MSME and Industries, factor in a certain percentage towards NPAs/sinking fund each year. That’s because it’s part of their planning exercise. Similarly, waiver of farm loans needs to be looked at as the equivalent of such measures. Provisioning, disbursement and audit – if at all it comes to it – needs to be done by banks/ statutory auditors and agencies in a structured and sustainable manner with end to end control in lieu of the current practice of being deployed as a populist measure by political parties.

Suvendu Mohapatra: Farm loan waiver is the worst solution, as in our country only 7 crore people file tax & the beneficiaries are 125 crore officially (unofficially 150 Cr+). This is scary situation for any country. To give world class infrastructure, best healthcare, best education, transportation, roads etc, you need 100% participation from the citizens’ side. The solution would be giving them best technology for better cultivation like in Israel where the farmers could cultivate four times in a year, but we do it twice in a year and face a lot of challenges like natural disasters, Climate changes etc.

One sensitive point is out of these farm loans, some are using this money in marriage / in shaping up their homes or in many other social gatherings , which needs to be monitored by specific departments & and guilty should be penalized so that real farmers get the benefits.

Suman Biswal: In Odisha, the number of farmers, who take loans from banks for cultivation, is very less. In villages, mafia and brokers take the loan to get subsidy or full exemption. They keep putting pressure on the government to get undue favour. Such cases should be properly investigated.

Anirudha Nayak: The farm loan waiver is not the complete solution. The freebies offered by the government to people, including Re 1 rice, are making them lazy. This is one of the key reasons for migration of labour. The farmers are seen taking loans in the name of agriculture, but they are not using the money for the same purpose. Waiver would help the farmers involved in unfair means, while the needy will still remain deprived of the benefits.

Jagannath Satapathy: Farm loan waiver may not be a good tool, but an effective tool to polarize vote bank, instead of improving India’s economy. However, the ruling party must be desperate to appease the farmers to retain that vote bank and beat anti-incumbency ahead of the polls. People are so addicted to the freebies that no government shall make a suicidal move, by not acceding to the demands made by farmers.

Gyan Ranjan: Around 80% farmers are small and marginal farmers with less than 2 hectares of land holding who really deserves support; but don’t get access to the bank loan facilities. They often fall prey to local money lenders with higher interest rates. In case of crop loss, they end their life due to fear of harassment by lenders. The government should reach out to these farmers.

The best option will be to support them by boosting their income. The Modi government has fixed a target of doubling their income by 2022-23. To achieve that, the agriculture growth rate should be 10 to 11%. Currently, the growth rate is 3%. With 3% annual growth rate, we need probably 25 years to achieve the target.

The problem is we just talk about digits without analyzing the data and it just politicizes the matter further.

Our Govt should focus on:

(i) Providing direct Market access by removing long supply chain from Farmers to consumers. Ex-Consumers are buying onion at Rs 20 per kg, while farmer gets less than one rupee.

(ii) Building Cold storage facilities so that farmers can store their products without letting them go in waste. Nearly 20% of fruits, vegetable are wasted due to non availability of cold storage facilities.

(iii) Reducing dependency on Monsoon through effective use of water- Canal Facility, Lift Irrigation facilities, water harvesting etc.

(iv) Enhancing literacy level will help them access to Technology, Insurance and Banking system. Evening classes in Panchayat/Village level may help.

Laxminarayan Kanungo: Farm loan waiver may be a short-term solution as subsidy to farmers in the country is only 3.8% of the subsidy given to industrialists yet. Rather, farmers should be provided with a monthly pension of Rs 5000 to make the economy more vibrant. Besides, they need better market-linkage, more agro-based industry in the area of their production like China.

Sambit Nanda: Not at all. Waiving farm loan is not the permanent solution to completely eradicate farmers’ issue. Rather, govt shall focus more on providing them modern technical ways of farming and a well synced market network.

Dilip Kumar Joshi: This Farm loan waiver may be temporary relief for the defaulted farmers. But what’s about those farmers who genuinely pay their loan? Is there any incentive scheme for them? Hence, the better way is to address this issue through permanent solutions such as adequate infrastructure, subsidies electricity, irrigation & creating market for their product.

Ajit Dash: We the people only compensate that 50,000 crore from our taxes. It’s a suicidal step. No political party gives it from their pocket. And, our people are addicted to free commodities and freebies.

Barada Prasada Khuntia: Technical support as well as appointment of agricultural exports at village level could be a notable step towards finding a solution. The more we involve them, it will definitely pave the way for better solutions.

Smita Panda: This is only a short term solution and in the long run, the liabilities pile up. One way of improving their financial condition is to increase their accessibility to markets. Rogues and middle men amass money whereas the poor farmers are paid peanuts for all their labour. Just imagine onions are being sold at Rs 25 per kg and the poor farmers are getting only Re1! Moreover, the Govt should provide infrastructure like storage and warehouses.

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Naveen announces Package for Drought-affected Farmers https://enewsinsight.com/naveen-announces-package-for-drought-affected-farmers/ Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:42:57 +0000 http://www.enewsinsight.com/?p=22638

TNI Bureau: CM Naveen Patnaik acted in a hurry to announce a mega drought package for the farmers who suffered huge losses in recent months. Farmers who have sustained crop loss of 33 percent and above, will get agricultural subsidy at Rs 6,800 per hectare of land in rainfed/non-irrigated areas and Rs 13,500 per hectare […]

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TNI Bureau: CM Naveen Patnaik acted in a hurry to announce a mega drought package for the farmers who suffered huge losses in recent months.

Farmers who have sustained crop loss of 33 percent and above, will get agricultural subsidy at Rs 6,800 per hectare of land in rainfed/non-irrigated areas and Rs 13,500 per hectare of land in areas under assured irrigation.

While Rs.1,000 crore will be spent to mitigate the drought situation in the state, farmers affected by drought in the Kharif season will be provided fresh financial assistance for Rabi cultivation during the current Rabi season.

Short term Kharif loans will be converted to medium term loans in drought affected areas in cases of 50 percent and above crop damage. Tuition and exam fees in govt and aided schools and colleges in drought affected areas will be waived.

In addition, 40,000 pump sets will be provided through Odisha Agro-Industries Corporation with 50% subsidy limited to Rs 15,000 to the farmers.

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50 lakh Farmers in Odisha to get RuPay Card during Cooperative Week https://enewsinsight.com/50-lakh-farmers-in-odisha-to-get-rupay-card-during-cooperative-week/ Tue, 24 Oct 2017 12:32:39 +0000 http://www.enewsinsight.com/?p=22544 Rupay-Card-Odisha

Breaking: The National Cooperative Week will be celebrated across the country from November 14th till 20th. Odisha will also observe the event, which will make aware the people about the Indian economic model. 50 lakh farmers in the state will get RuPay Card. Details of all loan beneficiaries to be uploaded on the website.

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Breaking: The National Cooperative Week will be celebrated across the country from November 14th till 20th. Odisha will also observe the event, which will make aware the people about the Indian economic model. 50 lakh farmers in the state will get RuPay Card. Details of all loan beneficiaries to be uploaded on the website.

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Incentives to Sugar Industry to facilitate clearance of cane arrears https://enewsinsight.com/incentives-to-sugar-industry-to-facilitate-clearance-of-cane-arrears/ Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:55:06 +0000 http://www.enewsinsight.com/?p=19932 The Central Government has given several incentives to sugar industry to help it resolve liquidity problems and expeditiously clear cane price due of farmers during 2014-15. Here are the major measures taken by the ministry to address the concern of sugar cane farmers: 1. Provided working capital loans with interest subvention to sugar mills to facilitate […]

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The Central Government has given several incentives to sugar industry to help it resolve liquidity problems and expeditiously clear cane price due of farmers during 2014-15. Here are the major measures taken by the ministry to address the concern of sugar cane farmers:

1. Provided working capital loans with interest subvention to sugar mills to facilitate clearance of cane price dues of farmers under Scheme for Extending Financial Assistance to Sugar Undertakings (SEFASU-2014) and Soft Loan scheme.

2. Incentive for exporting raw sugar in sugar seasons 2013-14 and 2014-15.

3. Fixed remunerative prices for supplies of ethanol to OMCs for blending with petrol; waiver of excise duty on ethanol supplies to OMCs during 2015-16.

4. Notified a scheme on 2.12.2015 to extend production subsidy @ Rs. 4.50 per quintal to sugar mills to offset the cost of cane and facilitate timely payment of cane price dues of farmers.

This information was given by the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan in a written reply in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

The Minister said that besides extending the incentives referred in reply to part c) above, the Government has taken following additional measures for the welfare of sugarcane farmers and sugar industry:

1. Enhanced import duty to 40% to discourage imports.

2. The “Duty Free Import Authorization” scheme (DFIA), for sugar withdrawn.

3. The period for discharging Export Obligations under the Advanced Authorization Scheme for sugar reduced to 6 months to prevent leakage into the domestic economy.

4. Scaled up blending targets under Ethanol Blending Programme from 5% to 10%.

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Odisha Government announces Package for Farmers https://enewsinsight.com/odisha-government-announces-agricultural-packages/ Sat, 09 Nov 2013 15:22:21 +0000 http://www.enewsinsight.com/?p=16153 October 2013 was a critical month for the farmers of Odisha. Cyclone Phailin and subsequently heavy flood devastated the crops in 18 districts. More than 12 lakh hectares of area was affected, of which 7.82 lakh ha of area sustained more than 50% damages. Mind-boggling numbers of cattle were lost; low tension lines of hundreds […]

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October 2013 was a critical month for the farmers of Odisha. Cyclone Phailin and subsequently heavy flood devastated the crops in 18 districts. More than 12 lakh hectares of area was affected, of which 7.82 lakh ha of area sustained more than 50% damages. Mind-boggling numbers of cattle were lost; low tension lines of hundreds of kilometers were damaged.

AgricultureThe government of Odisha under the leadership of honourable CM Naveen Patnaik, faced the calamity with diligent preparations. One million people were evacuated to safety. Relief material was distributed in the affected areas. the preparedness of the state and the way it prevented loss of human lives were widely appreciated.

After the calamity, it became necessary to restore the vitality of agriculture in these affected areas to bring back the farmer community to its continued progress. Therefore the honourable CM announced a special package to the farmers of the affected district.

CM’s special package to the farmers provided for supplying 4 lakh pulse kits to the affected area, to take of 1 lakh hectare of crop demonstrations of pulse and oil seeds and to distribute vegetable kits for 5 lakhs farmers. These activities will be taken up in the current Rabi.

In addition to this, the honourable CM has now declared additional benefits under the special package.

ADDITIONAL PACKAGE FOR THE FARMERS OF CYCLONE/FLOOD AFFECTED AREAS:

1. To increase the productivity of ground nut, 40,000 hectares  of demonstration will be conducted in the farmers fields.
2. To revive sugarcane cultivation in affected areas, a special assistance for demonstration on sustainable sugarcane initiative over 600 hectare areas and demonstration on Ratoon management over 8000 hectares will be provided and more than 2,00,000 tissue culture plantlets will be distributed.
3. Seed treatment campaign will be taken up in the affected areas, to cover 1 lakh hectares of paddy and 2 Lakhs hectares of pulses and oil seeds crops.
4. Gypsum will be supplied as soil amendment for oil seed crops covering over 50, 650 hectares at subsidized rate of Rs.20/- per bag of 50 kg.
5. Two lakh families will be provided @10 fruit saplings ( 5 papaya, 2 drumsticks, 3 banana suckers per family in affected districts to sustain livelihoods.
6. Four seedlings of coconuts will be provided to each family free of cost covering 1 lakh farmers.

The crops special package will stimulate the agriculture growth and reaffirm the dedication of the government for the farmers and their welfare.

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