FARMER

  • Punjab farmers unhappy with Union Budget Yesterday

    Chandigarh: Punjab's farming sector has expressed disappointment over the Union Budget for not taking "pro-farmers" decision to provide much-needed fillip to the state's agriculture which has been suffering with "high" input cost and "lower" output prices. Even the farm experts have also expressed displeasure with the budget for not announcing...
  • Budget has nothing for farmers, looks like a vision document 2 days ago

    (By Kalvakuntla Kavitha, MP, Nizamabad in Telangana State) New Delhi: A detailed study and analysis of the budget takes sometime. Because a lot of things sound and look good, when we take them at face value. We need to go to the fine print to find out or decide if...
  • Government may back off fertiliser subsidy reform in Budget 2015 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Investors looking for India's budget on Saturday to tackle fertiliser subsidies are likely to be disappointed, because sources say the government plans to largely maintain the current regime. The government was widely expected to deregulate urea prices after freeing up diesel following a fall in crude prices, but two...
  • Land bill: Shiv Sena to launch awareness drive for farmers 4 days ago

    Mumbai: Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday asked party workers to travel across Maharashtra to aware farmers about the Centre's proposed land reforms bill, party sources said. Thackeray's decision came after a series of meetings on Wednesday with senior leaders, legislators, parliamentarians and district-level activists about the ramifications of the...
  • PM Modi consults his top ministers over Land Acquisition Ordinance 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his top ministers on Wednesday amidst the government trying to build consensus for proposed land bill but according to the government sources it is in no mood to call an all party meet on the issue. However, it may talk to parties separately....
  • BJP constitutes 8-member panel to seek views on Land Bill 6 days ago

    New Delhi: With its government cornered in both houses of Parliament over the Land Acquisition Bill, the BJP has constituted an eight-member committee to look it and invite suggestions from people, including farmers. BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday constituted a committee consisting of MPs and farmers' representatives. The members include former...
  • Government to introduce Land Acquisition Bill today; aims to placate Opposition, Anna Hazare 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Even as a united opposition and anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare continue with their vociferous protests against the Centre's economic agenda and "pro-rich" stand, the Narendra Modi government is likely to introduce the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha on Tuesday. It will replace the ordinance promulgated by...
  • Need market reforms to boost well-being of farmers: President 1 week ago

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday emphasised on value-added agriculture, market reform, use of technology and improving productivity in areas with untapped potential for improving the well-being of farmers. He also said that food processing has immense potential for generating employment in rural areas,...
  • The ordinance should be revoked immediately: Anna Hazare February 22, 2015

    Activist Anna Hazare will be holding a protest in Delhi this week. "When the law was made, why was such an ordinance passed which would cause problems for the farmers? It should be revoked and the 2013 law should be amended for the benefits of the farmers," said Anna Hazare. ...
  • PM Modi launches Soil Health Card scheme targeting 14 crore farmers February 19, 2015

    Suratgarh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a Soil Health Card scheme, under which the Centre plans to target over 14 crore farmers in the next three years to check the excess use of fertilisers. Pointing out that soil health has deteriorated due to high usage of fertilisers, Modi asked...
  • SC critical of Centre for appealing against compensating farmers February 11, 2015

    New Delhi: Supreme Court on Wednesday criticised the Government for filing appeals in several matters, particularly on issues relating to compensation to farmers on land acquisition. "You spend Rs 100 crores on Republic Day parade but when it comes to payment of compensation to farmers, you file appeals," a bench...
  • Lot more needs to be done to stop farmer suicides: Maharashtra government February 8, 2015

    Mumbai: Facing criticism from its ally Shiv Sena over farmer suicides in the state's drought-hit regions, Maharashtra government has admitted that a lot more needs to be done to stop such incidents. The government is working towards increasing the agricultural productivity of farmers and some big measures will be announced...
  • Tiger Woods pulls out of Torrey Pines after 11 holes February 6, 2015

    Former world number one Tiger Woods withdrew from the opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines on Thursday after 11 holes, having suffered from a stiff back. Woods, who underwent back surgery last year, was in obvious discomfort from the outset of his round after being forced to...
  • Struggling Tiger Woods says focus is on being ready for Masters February 5, 2015

    Tiger Woods coming off his worst score as a professional, was not overly concerned with his less-than-stellar pro-am showing on Wednesday, saying instead he is focused on peaking in time for the Masters. Rather than talking up his chances of winning his 80th PGA Tour event at this week's Farmers Insurance...
  • Shiv Sena slams BJP over farmers' suicides in Vidarbha January 30, 2015

    Mumbai: Slamming its ally BJP, the Shiv Sena on Friday said that while Maharashtra Chief Minister was busy clinching business deals and attracting investments in the state, it was "heart wrenching" that debt-ridden farmers of Vidarbha were committing suicide. The BJP-led state government has failed to meet the expectations of the...
  • Over 50 per cent of farming households indebted: Survey December 19, 2014

    New Delhi: More than 50 per cent of the families engaged in farm activities were indebted in 2012-13 crop year (July-June), a survey said. "About 52 per cent of the agricultural households in the country were estimated to be indebted. Among the major states, Andhra Pradesh had the highest share...
  • Devendra Fadnavis seeks Rs 4,500 crore package from Centre to help farmers December 3, 2014

    Mumbai: Concerned over the recent farmer suicides, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has said his government is working round-the-clock to mitigate their hardships and has sought a Rs 4,500 crore financial package from the Centre to provide them necessary assistance. The Chief Minister said he was saddened by reports of farmers...
  • Farmers to hold sit-in at Fadnavis' Nagpur house on November 30 November 21, 2014

    Nagpur: The Shetkari Sanghatana has decided to hold a sit-in in front of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' residence here in Dharampeth on November 30 to press for relief to distressed farmers. Hundreds of farmers from Vidarbha and Marathwada are expected to participate in the agitation, which will be led...
  • Farmer suicides mar TRS' short tenure in Telangana, opposition blames indifference November 9, 2014

    Hyderabad: It is a grim situation for farmers across Telangana. In the last five months, since the Telangana Rashtra Samiti came to power in the state - around 350 farmers have committed suicide. Non-implementation of loan waivers, power cuts, inadequate rainfall, dry bore wells, depletion of ground water and poor...
  • Mathura: 18 injured as farmers' protest turn violent, buses torched November 1, 2014

    Mathura: Protesting against non-payment of compensation for their land inundated due to construction of Gokul barrage, hundreds of farmers on Saturday blocked road, torched two buses and clashed with police, who resorted to lathicharge, injuring at least 18 people including five policemen in the melee. According to police, hundreds of...
  • Punjab: Farmers should be given subsidies in a big way, says CM Badal October 29, 2014

    Chandigarh: Amid facing criticism on giving free power to farmers from several quarters, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday said that the farming sector should be given subsidies "in a big way" for producing sufficient foodgrain to meet country's requirement. Badal also sought cooperation of all the MPs...
  • Former poultry farmer Leah Kalanguka crowned Miss Uganda 2014 October 26, 2014

    Kampala: A former mushroom and poultry farmer has been crowned Miss Uganda following a major rebranding of the annual beauty pageant, now designed to promote agriculture in the east African nation. Leah Kalanguka, 23, beat off 19 other finalists after a competition that saw the glamour of the catwalk ditched for...
  • India-born scientist Rajaram awarded World Food Prize October 17, 2014

    Washington: India-born Mexican scientist Sanjaya Rajaram has been presented with the prestigious World Food Prize 2014 for his agricultural research that led to a remarkable increase in world wheat production building on the successes of the Green Revolution. "It is a collective achievement, rather than that of a single person," Rajaram...
  • Haryana Basmati rice farmers unhappy as price falls, blame both BJP and Congress October 14, 2014

    Narnaund: Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be a hit amongst the city dwellers but for the farmers in Haryana's Narnaund, he is a man whose 'pro-trader' policies are eating up their only source of income. Ugalan village in Narnaund is predominantly a farming community. As the election fever reaches its peak,...
  • Abdul Kalam hopes for better foodgrains output despite poor rains October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Former President APJ Abdul Kalam on Wednesday hoped that the country's overall foodgrains production would be better this year despite rainfall deficit. Deficit rains have affected kharif (summer) crops in the 2013-14 crop year, forcing the government to keep kharif foodgrains output estimate...
  • Congress releases manifesto in Haryana; woos farmers, promises growth October 1, 2014

    Chandigarh: Congress, seeking a third term in a row in Haryana, on Wednesday released its election manifesto for the October 15 polls, attempting to woo farmers and other sections, even as Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda promised to put the state on higher growth trajectory. Seeking mandate in the name of...
  • Small farmers to sell directly from new 'Kisan Mandi' in Delhi September 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Small farmers will soon be able to sell fruits and vegetables directly to bulk consumers like organised retailers, hotels and exporters here after Centre on Thursday unveiled an unique 'Kisan Mandi' platform that aims to boost income by eliminating middlemen. With Delhi's daily demand of fruits and vegetables being...
  • Farmers supply 1 crore litre ethanol to IOL, BPCL, says Nitin Gadkari September 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Efforts are on to promote ethanol to cut the huge Rs 6 lakh crore bill on import of crude and farmers have already supplied 1 crore litre of ethanol to Indian Oil and Bharat Petroleum, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said. "Our farmers...
  • PM Modi inaugurates mega food park in Tumkur, Karnataka September 24, 2014

    Tumkur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a mega food park in Tumkur, Karnataka on Wednesday. The park has been developed with the support of the Ministry of Food, state and central governments. Future Group's food park is first of its kind in India with the group investing about Rs 250...
  • SC notice to Centre on farmers' suicide September 22, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the central government on a petition seeking direction to take steps to prevent the increasing number of suicides by the farmer in different parts of the country on account of their difficult financial conditions. There is a suicide by a farmer...