The Centre has announced a series of policy measures to resuscitate the farm sector, from a ₹1 trillion fund to boost agricultural infrastructure to allowing farmers to sell their crops freely. While these measures may benefit farmers in coming years, their immediate problems — loan repayments and transporting their produce — in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown aren’t likely to go away anytime soon. The Federal takes a deeper look at the measures and analyses the possible short- and long-term impacts of these proposed changes. Read on.

Part 1: Farmers needed instant relief, but govt handed them a new policy

The financial measures announced by the Finance Minister for the farmers fail to provide relief for the losses a section of them suffered during the lockdown. While legal changes to usher in agri-marketing reforms though ambitious might falter if not diligently implemented and states are not taken into confidence. 

Part 2: For farmers, time to reap the real benefits is finally here

For ages, a farmer in India has always had the highest emotional space because he is perceived to be willing to feed eve...

Part 3: Why the old wine in new bottle smells stale

The Centre on Friday (May 15) announced to amend the Essential Commodities Act, calling it sweeping reforms in the agriculture sector over the past few decades.

Part 4: Need food on plate now, but govt is slow-cooking farm feast: Farmers

Their calloused hands tell the story of their life — the hard work seldom leads to a bountiful harvest. Erode-based A...

Part 5: As Centre casts the net wide, fishermen pick holes

The ₹20,000 crore stimulus package announced by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday for the welfare of fishermen under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY), evoked mixed reaction from the fishermen community.
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