Farmers are not happy with the schemes announced for them by the Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the Union Budget 2013-14. Farmers in Punjab consider the budget as useless for them.
Finance Minister P Chidambaram announced various schemes for farmers.
The shellac manufacturing industry in the city of Purulia, West Bengal, is shrinking at a very fast pace. The reason for the decline is the lack of government support towards helping local industries grow.
An expert panel set up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday recommended lifting all controls on the sugar industry, among the most regulated sectors in India, to balance the interests of farmers and mills.
Farmers in Punjab are protesting against delays in the state government’s paddy procurement drive.. Farmers in that state have started harvesting the paddy crop. They are now blaming the government for its anti-farmers policies, according to farmers.
Unexpected rains in Punjab and Haryana have damaged a significant portion of the cotton crop, flattening the hopes of farmers in the two states, according to cotton growers from those states. However their respective agricultural departments term the losses as negligible.
Big farm lobbies in India, where agriculture accounts for 16 percent of the country’s GDP and 10 percent of its export earnings, believe that foreign direct investments into multi-brand retail will benefit farmers in the years to come.
If the World Health Organization can have its way, area under tobacco cultivation in India, the third largest producer, could reduce by half by 2020. A government research institute primarily engaged in making tobacco disease-resistant, alongside curing leaves for export, will have to invest more time and resources in finding other uses for tobacco, said a scientist.
Farmers in five districts of the southern Karnataka state have been roped in to help improve the quality of fresh produce hitting Bangalore, India’s technology capital, according to a scientist with a horticulture research institute.
Low supplies with farmers adopting a wait-and-watch stance are pushing up turmeric prices in India, the largest grower and exporter of the yellow spice, but farmer-joy will be short-lived because lower than normal monsoon rains could leave them with little or nothing to sell in the 2012-13 season, said a local turmeric merchants association.