What is Maharashtra’s “Beed model” of crop insurance?

What is the news? Maharashtra Chief Minister has asked the Prime Minister for state-wide implementation of the ‘Beed model’ of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY). About Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) The scheme was launched in 2016 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. Aim: To provide comprehensive insurance cover against… Continue reading What is Maharashtra’s “Beed model” of crop insurance?

“State of Environment Report” says “Farmer protests” increased fivefold since 2017

What is the news? The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has released the State of Environment Report, 2021 in February recently. This article focuses upon the data related to farmer protests as mentioned in the report. Report on Farmers Protests: Farmers Protests in India have registered an almost five-fold increase since 2017. In 2017,… Continue reading “State of Environment Report” says “Farmer protests” increased fivefold since 2017

Govt Launches “Seed Minikit Programme”

What is the News? The Ministry of Agriculture has launched the Seed Minikit Programme. About Seed Minikit Programme: Seed Minikit Programme aims to distribute high yielding varieties of seeds of pulses and oilseeds to farmers. Nodal Agencies: The seed mini-kits are being provided by the following central agencies – National Seeds Corporation(NCS) NAFED Gujarat State… Continue reading Govt Launches “Seed Minikit Programme”

Issue of fertilizer subsidy in India – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction The subsidy allows an individual to buy a product or use a service at a lower price than its market cost. The government in India has been providing a host of price subsidies on kerosene, cooking gas, water, electricity, fertilizer, etc. in order to support the vulnerable sections. The farmers have been getting the… Continue reading Issue of fertilizer subsidy in India – Explained, Pointwise

“Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture”(MIDH) Scheme

What is the News? The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has provided an enhanced allocation of Rs. 2250 Crore for the year 2021-22 for ‘Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture’(MIDH).  Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture(MIDH): The mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture(MIDH) is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme for the holistic growth of the… Continue reading “Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture”(MIDH) Scheme

KALIA scheme of Odisha and its lesson for India

Synopsis: The Odisha government’s KALIA scheme aims to provide Direct Income Support(DIS) to farmers. The design and implementation of the scheme offer some important lessons to the DIS schemes everywhere. Introduction: In India, the Agricultural reforms generally aim to find new solutions to the structural challenges facing farmers. The shift to direct income support (DIS)… Continue reading KALIA scheme of Odisha and its lesson for India

Issue of MSP Calculation and farmer’s demand

Synopsis:  As per the government, M S Swaminathan report’s recommendations on MSP are already implemented. However, protesting farmers and farm experts contest the claim. Introduction  Protesting farmers and farm experts have contested the government’s claim. They say that the government is going by its own formula and farmers’ income not improved yet. The farmers are… Continue reading Issue of MSP Calculation and farmer’s demand

Rs. 1,364 crore given to wrong beneficiaries of PM-Kisan

News: According to an Right to Information (RTI) reply, Union government has paid Rs 1,364 crore to 20.48 lakh ineligible beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme till July 2020. Facts: There were two categories of undeserving beneficiaries who received PM-KISAN payouts namely the “ineligible farmers” and “income tax payee farmers”. More than… Continue reading Rs. 1,364 crore given to wrong beneficiaries of PM-Kisan

Contradictions between farm laws and the MSP system

This article has been created based on the Indian Express article “Misunderstanding the MSP”   Synopsis- Mere amendments to farm laws will not solve the MSP issue, as the MSP system may not be able to face the private system of farm laws. Syllabus– GS Paper III (Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices)… Continue reading Contradictions between farm laws and the MSP system