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New MSP for Kharif crops

Factsheet on farm realities Why the new farm laws are harmful

Here’s a ready reckoner of ground realities when it comes to agriculture in India, as compiled by Prof Achin Vanaik for the Radical Socialist (RS) Group.   Agricultural Land and Landowners In 2015-16, by land size (all-India breakdown) marginal (less than 1 hectare) small (1-2 ha) semi-medium (2-4 ha)     {All-India average is 1.08 ha} medium…

Mahua coloured dreams

Mahua coloured dreams Forest produce and its relevance in the lives of forest dwelling communities in Sonbhadra, UP

Mahua, which has found mention in folk poetry, songs and stories is rightly called the “gift of Gods.” Flowering in summer, especially during March and April, the flowers provide respite to the lands and peoples stricken by drought and summers. These deciduous trees flower even as all other trees lie bare. It’s a revered tree…

MSP: किसानों की जीत या एक और जुमला? CJP ने अशोक धवले से बातचीत की

मोदी सरकार ने हाल ही में किसानो को दिए जाने वाले MSP में इज़ाफा किया है. कुछ अख़बार और ऑनलाइन न्यूज़ एजेंसीज इसे ‘ऐतिहासिक’ बता रहे हैं. पर आखिर सच्चाई क्या है? क्या ये MSP, स्वमिनाथन कमिटी सिफारिशों के अनुरुप है? क्या किसानों तक यह MSP पहुचाने का सरकार के पास कोई ज़रिया है?  इस…

New MSP for Kharif crops

New MSP for Kharif crops: Historic or Histrionics? Govt. can't stop patting its own back for benefits it never provided

On July 4, 2018, the cabinet approved a hike in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Kharif crops, triggering an unabashed display of self congratulations and sycophancy on social media. But given how the MSP hike without any guarantee of procurement is a meaningless publicity stunt, one wonders if the move is just a means to…

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