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A study on the prices of major agricultural crops of kerala

(By: Dr. P.Yageen Thomas . Dept of Statistics. University of Kerala) In this study, we consider the prices of nine important crops of Kerala viz. (1) Coconut (Derivatives: Copra and Coconut Oil) (2) Paddy (3) Pepper (4) Arecanut (5) Ginger (6) Cardamom (7) Rubber (8) Tea and (9) Coffee. The price indices are calculated by taking 1983 as the base year for the first seven crops and 1995 is considered as the base year for Tea and coffee as for these crops price data are available from the year 1995 only. To compare the amount of increase in the prices of Agricultural Produces to the extent it is necessary to […]

Agriculture marketing a high priority

http://www.isvarmurti.com/2007/02/01/agriculture-m… Why then governments allow farmers suicides even now? There were two farmers suicides in the month of July. The two were in Karnataka. One in Tumkur district and another in Gulbarga district. The Tumkur farmers committed suicide by hanging himself in his field and the causes are the same ones known to the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi! So, too we hope the Gulbarga farmer. one of the many who flock the command area around the Upper Krishna Project in the district to cultivate high value crops like chillies and cotton.We hope we need not go into the details of the losses made by the AP farmers cultivating chillies. […]

Karnataka considering loan waiver for farmers

By Indo Asian News Service Bangalore, Jan 25 (IANS) Karnataka Governor T.N. Chaturvedi Thursday said the state government was thinking of waiving loans obtained by farmers from cooperative institutions. ‘A comprehensive study is being made to decide the quantum of loans to be waived and to which category of farmers,’ Chaturvedi declared in his address to the winter session of the joint state legislature in the Vidhana Soudha here. The government is set to mobilise resources for the loan waiver scheme from the revenue likely to accrue from the retrieval of encroached lands in and around the Karnataka capital and their disposal as per rules. The state government had recently […]

It ain't only about rain

DIONNE BUNSHAYAVATMAL, MAHARASHTRA:The monsoon, in Vidarbha at least, has washed away an enduring myth. “The age old notion of farmers jumping with glee when the first monsoon showers fall is now merely a delusion confined to primary school text books. The reality here is quite different,” says Suryapal Chavan from Nandgaon taluka in Amravati.Extensive damage to the cotton and jowar crop in this region last year due to unseasonal rains, hail storms and a pest attack shattered the local economy, leading to 60 people committing suicide.“Most farmers here are in a peculiar dilemma. While they want to make up for the previous year’s losses, they are unable to find the […]

Maharashtra moneylender attacks farmer over debt

http://www.dailyindia.com/show/105666.php/Maharash… Kamanpur village (Maharashtra), Jan 22 (ANI): A moneylender in Maharashtra’s Kamanpur village today allegedly attacked a farmer due to the latter’s inability to pay the interest on a principal amount of 32,000 rupees. The victim, Vinayak Raut, was working in his field in Kamanpur village when at least six persons attacked and assaulted him, allegedly with a sharp weapon. Raut, who was rushed to a nearby primary health centre on a bullock cart by his father, identified a local moneylender for the attack. “It was a 30,000 rupee debt, with an additional 2000 rupees, making it 32,000 in all. I gave back the principal amount, but they insisted that […]

Bankers want government to up small farm loan rates

HT Correspondent New Delhi, January 22, 2007 Advertisement Major banks want the government to make up for losses on small loans to farmers at a concessional rate of 7 per cent. At a pre-Budget meeting with Finance Minister P Chidambaram, chief executives of major banks, including the State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Citibank and HDFC Bank, urged the government to raise the interest rate for small loans or hike the subvention. The government had asked all banks to issue small loans up to Rs 3 lakh to farmers at a concessional rate following widespread reports of farmers committing suicides in various parts of the country, partly because of […]

Ten per cent growth amid the dance of death

Sunday, January 21, 2007 To revive Indian agriculture from the abyss of low growth and mass suicides, farmers desperately need an income commission as a social security net Devinder Sharma Delhi Forty years after the dawn of the green revolution, Indian agriculture is once again at crossroads. With agriculture becoming unremunerative over the years, and with input-output ratio faltering, growth in agriculture has decelerated. When forests are destroyed, soil fertility is diminished or water table plummets to dangerously low levels, the rural poor often have no option but to migrate to towns and cities in search of jobs. Such inequitable development is leading to serious social disintegration. For a country […]

The great unravelling; Cotton suicides

The EconomistJanuary 20, 2007 Is globalisation killing India’s cotton farmers? RAW cotton from the fields outside Wardha rolls slowly into town, roped to the back of bullock carts. The animals’ horns are painted as brightly as the trucks that rattle past them. Their cargo is off-loaded in the forecourt of a ginning plant, where it collects in steep white mounds that look much like the snowscape of a fancy Swiss ski-resort. Only one in 12 of India’s farmers has ever heard of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The mostly illiterate cotton farmers of Vidarbha—the north-eastern corner of Maharashtra, where Wardha is located—surely count among the other 11. But even the […]

Naveen panel pill for cotton farmers

Naveen panel pill for cotton farmersOUR CORRESPONDENT Bhubaneswar, Jan. 18: Suicide by cotton farmers today forced chief minister Naveen Patnaik to constitute a high-level committee to look into the problems faced by 5 lakh cotton growers and suggest remedial measures. The committee, headed by agriculture production commissioner R.N. Bohidar, would submit its report to the government within a week, official sources said. The panel would study problems related to supply of seeds, finance, technical knowhow, crop insurance and marketing. Crop coverage under cotton has gone up from last year’s 48,171 hectares to 50,657 hectares this fiscal. But production has come down to 1.88 lakh quintals from last year’s 2.39 lakh […]

Farm widows in india fear crop of creditors

Run Date: 01/16/07 By Aparna PallaviWeNews correspondent In the past three years, farmers in a central India region have committed suicide by the thousands following bad harvests. Now, their widows are left to grieve and worry about the arrival of moneylenders and debts they don’t understand. NAGPUR, India (WOMENSENEWS)–A stuffed wildcat still hangs in the little verandah of Chadrakala Meshram’s house. Her late husband, who hanged himself on Oct. 2, 2006, killed and stuffed the animal himself for a local festival, she says, her eyes lighting up. “He would perform at the festivals every year,” she says. “He was a cheerful man. He loved to have fun; never one to […]

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