-PTI/ The Telegraph
Mumbai: The BJP-led Maharashtra government today unveiled a Rs 34,020-crore farm loan waiver scheme, under which debt of up to Rs 1.5 lakh each will be written off, making 40 lakh farmers debt-free and providing relief to 49 lakh others.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said this was the "biggest" loan waiver scheme in the country. He said all BJP ministers and legislators would contribute a month's salary towards the loan waiver.
"This Rs 34,020-crore loan waiver scheme - 'Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Krushi Sanman Yojana' - will benefit 89 lakh farmers in the state, out of which 40 lakh cultivators will become debt-free," he told reporters here.
Fadnavis, who had been under pressure to bring in an agrarian relief programme to help farmers hit by falling prices of produce and recurring drought, said the state cabinet approved the decision today.
"There has been a demand for loan waiver for farmers who have been...
Damming river water impacts fish diversity -Aathira Perinchery
Barrier-free tributaries flowing in can mitigate the effect, factoring in high-impact projects
A new study has found that dams and other barriers across rivers in the Western Ghats do affect fish species and their recovery downstream. However, barrier-free tributaries that drain in to these rivers can help fish recover even in dammed stretches; protecting such tributaries could be crucial to maintaining fish diversity in the Western Ghats.
The Western Ghats is home to 290 freshwater fish species, more than half of which are endemic. While other studies have shown that river barriers such as barrages and dams can affect fish diversity, there is no hard evidence to prove this in the Western Ghats.
To test if barriers across a 72-km stretch of Karnataka's Malaprabha River in the central Western Ghats could affect fish diversity, scientists from the Asoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) compared fish diversity both upstream...
-The Hindu Business Line
Area under oilseeds and cotton up; pulses acreage slides
New Delhi: Notwithstanding a sluggish monsoon and farmer unrest in different parts of the country, agriculture is picking up momentum, with all crops other than pulses showing an upswing in the sowing area.
According to data released by the Union Agriculture Ministry on Friday, there has been a 10 per cent increase in the area under cultivation so far, with sowing completed over 130.74 lakh hectares as compared to 119.28 lakh ha in the corresponding period last year.
There has been a substantial increase in acreage under oilseeds, cotton and sugarcane, in particular, whereas sowing of pulses has taken a major beating likely because of a drastic drop in prices.
There is a slight increase in the area under paddy as well as coarse cereals, as compared to last year. The area under oilseeds recorded a spectacular 55 per cent increase in...
Mandsaur agrarian unrest: The worth of a crore -Milind Ghatwai & Mohammad Hamza Khan
-The Indian Express
Six people died during the farmer protests in Mandsaur, MP, after which the government announced Rs 1 crore to each of the families. The Indian Express visits their homes to hear their stories — from a new-born who will never see her father to an aunt who asks: “Will we get the money? When?”
How money reached them
When five protesters died on June 6 in alleged police firing near Mandsaur, the epicentre of the farmers’ unrest, the government announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for each death and later doubled it to Rs 10 lakh. But with anger spreading to other parts of the state and the import of its political damage sinking in, by the end of the day, Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan announced an unprecedented compensation – Rs 1 crore and a job to a family member of each of the victims.
Opposition parties accused the...
For farmers today, grass is 'greener' than rice and pulses -Subodh Varma
-The Times of India
Growing grass and selling it in the market may be more profitable than cultivating crops like wheat, rice, pulses or oilseeds.
This bizarre conclusion, a reflection of the desperate conditions of Indian farmers, can be reached if one looks at how the value of various crops has changed over the last five years.
Between 2011-12 and 2015-16, the total value of cereals and pulses produced in the country went down by about 3%, for oilseeds by over 13% and sugars by 1%. But value of grass, which is mainly used as cheap forage for milch animals, increased by about 1%. Output values zoomed up for two types of food items — fruits and vegetables by over 15% and condiments and spices by nearly 18%.
This information is derived from the latest National Accounts Statistics 2017 released by the Central Statistics Office.
It is this declining output value, which is at the...