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Agri-reforms should be placed on priority: Dr Ashok Gulati

http://www.fnbnews.com/article/detnews.asp?articleid=29836&sectionid=11 Monday, May 16, 2011 Irum Khan Dr Ashok Gulati, chairman, Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), says liberal agri-reforms with more involvement of private players will help begetting progressive changes in the market. Gulati particularly stresses on building an intelligent market agency to expediting the decision making process during critical market situations. Excerpts from the interview.. What is the role that you would want Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices (CACP) to play pro-actively under your chairmanship in the coming days? First and foremost, I would like to see that the MSP (minimum support price), which is announced by the government for various agricultural commodities, after taking into […]

India wants removal of non-tariff barrier in agriculture

SHEILA MATHRANITIMES NEWS NETWORK[ SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2007 12:20:02 AM] GENEVA: India has joined the chorus in criticising the EU’s non-tariff barriers (NTBs) and SPS issues, and market access in agriculture at the WTO Trade Policy Review of the EC. According to the WTO Secretariat report the EC’s agriculture policies were a matter of concern with its protection by a complex tariff structure, high tariffs, tariff quotas of which some were not filled, and high levels of domestic support and export subsidies. In its intervention India informed the WTO of its steady, significant intensification of strategic partners dialogue and of a proposed agreement on trade and investment between India and […]

National farm strategy to be presented to NDC soon

http://www.thehindu.com/2007/03/28/stories/2007032802761300.htm Special Correspondent The document would cover all aspects of agriculture and give a road map Corporate sector could provide technology, extension advice, marketing, logistics’ Sector urged to institute scholarships for rural students CHENNAI: A national agricultural strategy is likely to be presented before the National Development Council, which is to meet in two months, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, said here on Tuesday. Pointing out that a committee headed by the Union Agriculture Minister had been set up, Mr. Ahluwalia told a seminar organised by the Madras Management Association (MMA) that sub-groups comprising Chief Ministers were holding discussions. The proposed strategy document would cover all […]

Replace input subsidy for farmer with direct payments

http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Daily/skins/TOI/navigator.asp?Daily=TOIM&login=n_c_sekhar&AW=1174967569296 M Rajivlochan Finance minister P Chidambaram expressed some doubts in his Budget speech about the large subsidy the government sets aside each year in the name of the farmer. Yet, he went on to offer Rs 22,452 crore to the fertiliser industry in the hope that those good souls would pass on this money to needy farmers. The Fertiliser Association of India, the pressure group of fertiliser producers of India, how ever, threw a fit, demanding that it be given Rs 48,000 crore this year.    Total subsidy in the name of the farmer is considerable. It is given out to a wide variety of organisations concerned with chemicals, fertilisers, irrigation […]

Resoulutions passed in 35th National Convention of Bharat Krishak Samaj

http://raagbhairav.blogspot.com/2007/03/resolution…The 35th National Convention of Bharat Krishak Samaj was held at Erode (Tamilnadu) from 17th to 18th February, 2007. The following resolutions have been passed:Minimum Support PriceThe minimum support prices (MSPs) of different crops estimated by the Commission for Agricultural Costs & Prices (CACP) and subsequently endorsed by the government are low and not remunerative. There is a need for up-gradation of the methods for estimation of real cost of production and arriving at the real remunerative prices. The process should be transparent and open to farmers.Scrap SEZs, promote AEZsGovernment should scrap all Special Economic Zones set-up on farmlands acquired from farmers against a mere compensation. SEZs should not be […]

Budget 2007 is an exit budget for farmers, says Devinder Sharma

Express News Service Ludhiana, March 7: Well-known activist, and Director, Forum for Biotechnology and Food Security, New Delhi says the Budget is an exit-budget for farmers. “This budget does not want the farmers who earn their livelihood. This budget wants them to give up agriculture,” said Dr Sharma, who was in PAU today to deliver a lecture. “The intention of the government help the farmer can be gauged from the fact that farmer suicides continue despite the so called futuristic budgets,” he said. Ridiculing Dr Manmohan Singh announcement of a grant for Vidharbha and subsequent claim that the impact of it would be visible in six months at farmer suicide […]

Neoliberalism and the Ideology of the cancer cell: Growth for the sake of profit

http://www.counterpunch.org/sainath03062007.html By P. SAINATH “As Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel laureate, said, “Faster growth rate is essential for faster reduction in poverty. There is no other trick to it.” So said India’s minister of finance, P. Chidambaram in his budget speech. Drawing on his words must have seemed a politically correct thing to do. Mr. Chidambaram might want to add another quote to his cupboard. This one from the late Edward Abbey, environmental activist and writer. “Growth for growth’s sake is the ideology of the cancer cell.” Few things grow as relentlessly as that cell does, with such fatal results. As the cancer of neo-liberalism claims an ever-higher toll, its […]

At the margin of economic boom

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/life/2007/02/2… Rasheeda Bhagat There is a growing chorus against the viability of Indian agriculture. A checklist of concerns and a wish-list for Budget 2007… The tottering Mulayam Singh government in Uttar Pradesh faced another blow last week as 35-year-old Maniram, a farmer from Mahoba district, tried to immolate himself even as the UP Chief Minister was thundering at a rally in Mahoba: “Not a single farmer has committed suicide in UP during my regime and those making such claims are Opposition-sponsored agents. Farmer suicides are taking place only in Congress-ruled states like Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.” Maniram sustained over 50 per cent burn injuries and was in a serious condition. […]

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. […]

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