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  • Select pulses remain weak on muted demand

    New Delhi, Oct 12 () Select pulses led by gram drifted further down by up to Rs 200 per quintal at the wholesale pulses market today on sluggish demand. Traders said easing demand from retailers against adequate stocks position on increased supplies from growing regions mainly kept pressure on gram

  • The case for a rural stimulus

    The fact that the economy is on a downward slide is no longer a matter of debate. It is neither a technical issue nor is it a transient blip which will go away on its own. However, matters are complicated as far as the reasons for the slide are concerned.

  • Purchase of pulses begins across 101 centres in Rajasthan

    Purchase of moong, urad and soybean has started in 101 purchase centres in the state and efforts are being made to seek the government’s permission for purchasing groundnuts, cooperative minister Ajay Singh Kilak said. Till now, 52,000 farmers have registered themselves online of which 20,000 farmers have been allotted the

  • Farmers sell pulses at a loss as wholesale prices dip below MSP

     Wholesale prices of just harvested kharif pulses have dropped below the government’s minimum support prices (MSP) despite a lower crop output, forcing farmers to sell their produce at a loss in states such as Rajasthan. For instance, price data from wholesale markets available on the Agmarket website showed that on

  • Festive season cheer for common man; Pulses give pleasant surprise, prices fail to rise this year

    With the prices of soybean and pulses ruling below minimum support prices (MSP), procurement of these commodities at MSP under the Centre’s price support scheme ( PSS) will begin from October 16 in Maharashtra by NAFED.Read More

  • Gram, arhar fall on sluggish demand

    Prices of gram and arhar drifted lower by up to Rs 100 per quintal at the wholesale pulses market today on subdued demand from retailers. However, masoor and its dal edged up on scattered enquiries. Traders said muted demand from retailers against adequate stocks position mainly led to decline in

  • India gets increasingly monsoon-proof in farm output, but some areas still vulnerable

    Indian agriculture’s reliance on monsoon rainfall has reduced considerably over the last few years thanks to the increase in area irrigated, although there are still pockets — particularly in east and central India — where rains still are a decisive determinant of crop. Key grain-producing states Punjab, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh,

  • Dal at Rs 50 a kg as Diwali gift on the cards

    Ahead of Diwali, the government may announce a scheme to sell dal (lentils) at Rs 50 a kg to states this week. The Centre is likely to bear a subsidy of about Rs 450 crore. The committee of secretaries headed by the Union cabinet secretary approved the scheme last week.

  • Poor MSP growth led to farm distress, says Crisil

    Tepid growth in minimum support prices (MSP) of different agricultural products since the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government took over was one of the major reasons for the current farm distress, according to an independent research report released on Tuesday. “While the average annual growth [in MSP] between agriculture year