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We should tax agriculture. But how? | Business Line

agro bing hindubusinessline - Tue, 02/05/2017 - 22:11
While the idea is reasonable, the issue is so political that it will automatically ring in negative points for the implementer The subject of taxation on farm income has once again taken centre stage not just because there have been some distinguished opinions voiced on this subject but also that
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Brand push for Karnataka's organic produce, millets

agro bing hindubusinessline - Sun, 30/04/2017 - 23:32
Organic produce and millets grown in Karnataka will now be marketed under two new brands, as part of the State Agriculture Department’s efforts to encourage farming practices that are eco-friendly.
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‘States can levy tax on farm income’ | Business Line

agro bing hindubusinessline - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 05:27
Joining the debate on taxing agriculture income, Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian today said states, which have the option to levy the tax, should make a distinction between rich and poor farmers.
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No move to tax farm income, clarifies Arun Jaitley

agro bing hindubusinessline - Thu, 27/04/2017 - 12:30
The Centre sought to distance itself from proposals to tax agricultural income, on Wednesday, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley dismissing any such plans. “To obviate any confusion on the subject, I categorically state that the Central Government has no plan to impose any tax on agriculture
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Experts call for convergence of rural job scheme with agriculture ...

agro bing hindubusinessline - Thu, 27/04/2017 - 05:28
A national conference of experts in agricultural extension has called for convergence of the rural job guarantee scheme (NREGA) with agriculture where extension can play a key role in identifying the skills on various activities of farming.
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To stop youth turning away from farming, ARYA sows the seeds of ...

agro bing hindubusinessline - Tue, 25/04/2017 - 22:55
One of the major challenges that confronts agriculture in India today is that the children of farmers, by and large, are not interested in their familial occupation.
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Govt targets a record 273 mt of foodgrain production in 2017-18

agro bing hindubusinessline - Tue, 25/04/2017 - 05:23
The government has set the foodgrain production target for 2017-18 crop year (July-June) at a record 273 mt, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has said.
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Ministry comes up with model APMC Act to integrate agri markets ...

agro bing hindubusinessline - Mon, 24/04/2017 - 05:24
The Agriculture Ministry has come up with a new model Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act proposing single-point levy of market fee across a State and a united single trading licence for cost-effectiveness of transactions.
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Shift to less water-intensive crops, TN govt tells farmers | Business Line

agro bing hindubusinessline - Fri, 21/04/2017 - 05:28
Tamil Nadu agricultural department is encouraging farmers to shift from rice to less water-intensive crops such as millets and pulses in arid areas as the state is facing a severe drought.
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Who qualifies as an ‘agriculturist’? GST law requires greater clarity ...

agro bing hindubusinessline - Thu, 20/04/2017 - 22:11
Tax on agriculture has generally been discouraged in India, and this was mostly factored into while framing the broad parameters of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) law.
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Farmers need MSP, not loan waivers: MS Swaminathan

agro bing hindubusinessline - Thu, 13/04/2017 - 15:17
While the short-term problems of farmers need to be addressed through immediate help, long-term policy to make agriculture economically viable and stable is far more important. Swaminathan further said: “The National Commission on Farmers, which I chaired, recommended pricing and procurement based on total cost of production plus 50 per cent principle.
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GST may stoke food inflation, but agri-value chain will gain in long ...

agro bing hindubusinessline - Tue, 11/04/2017 - 22:51
The direct impact of the widening of the ambit of agriculture and allied sector for purposes of taxation may, therefore, result in marginally higher Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation of food products in the short term. An increase in the cost of agricultural consumer products is anticipated due to the rise in inflation, even if only for a brief period. Inflation will also be inevitable when VAT is replaced with a higher GST rate on many food items, including cereals, grains, and milk.
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We want to position millets as alternative to oats and quinoa ...

agro bing hindubusinessline - Fri, 07/04/2017 - 21:58
KRISHNA BYRE GOWDA, Karnataka Agriculture Minister Karnataka, the first State to formulate an organic farming policy way back in 2004, has stepped up measures to spread the concept among farmers in recent years. Also, it has been working on rebuilding farmers’ interest in millets through incentives such as guaranteed buy-back and a bonus over the minimum support price.
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Bring more crops under insurance cover, Centre tells State govts ...

agro bing hindubusinessline - Mon, 03/04/2017 - 21:27
The Union Agriculture Ministry has written to the States, prodding them to extend insurance cover offered under the Prime Minister’s Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) to a larger number of crops this year.
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Bring more crops under insurance cover, Centre tells State govts ...

agro bing hindubusinessline - Mon, 03/04/2017 - 21:27
The Union Agriculture Ministry has written to the States, prodding them to extend insurance cover offered under the Prime Minister’s Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) to a larger number of crops this year. “We have sent letters to all the State agriculture departments proposing that they increase the
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Drought in Telangana: Hopes dry up as rabi paddy crop withers ...

agro bing hindubusinessline - Mon, 03/04/2017 - 05:28
This phenomenon was acknowledged by Telangana Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy. “About 90 per cent of farmers went for paddy,” he told a recent review meeting. Those who grew the crop in areas with assured water sources, particularly in the recently rejuvenated tanks, are better off. Others are now ruing that they should have gone for the traditional rabi crops that could have faced the situation better.
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Fumigation at ports: Centre extends permission for agri imports till ...

agro bing hindubusinessline - Thu, 30/03/2017 - 22:00
The Agriculture Ministry will now work with exporting countries to zero in on alternative pest control measure that will not harm the environment and work effectively. (This article was published on March 30, 2017) Post Comment. Related. TOPICS. economy, business and finance | agriculture | Get more of your favourite news delivered to your inbox. SEND MY NEWS. Please enter your email. Thank You. Newsletter has been successfully subscribed.
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Farmers wilt under fodder, water crisis in Karnataka | Business Line

agro bing hindubusinessline - Mon, 27/03/2017 - 23:08
70% chance of El Nino effect on South-West monsoon : WRMS ‘Globally, acreage under GM crops at a new high of 185.1 m hectares’ Agriculture Ministry proposes hike in tur dal import duty to 20%
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It boils down to creating jobs | Business Line

agro bing hindubusinessline - Sun, 26/03/2017 - 05:23
Development is finally about enabling sustainable livelihoods. Rather than manufacturing or services, agriculture holds the key
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Arid land yields a bounty of succulent fruits | Business Line

agro bing hindubusinessline - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 05:25
After the Bhuj earthquake, agriculture became the primary tool to help people rebuild their lives. Farmers in this region are progressive, and apart from the help got from the government, they scouted for techniques to improve their agriculture,” says Hanudha Gadhavi, Kutch field officer of the Gujarat Green Revolution Company (GGRC). Drip by drip.
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