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Farmers protest: At heart of stir, crop glut, cash crunch
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

As the farm protests in Maharashtra spilled over to MP, with five people killed in police firing in Mandsaur last week, The Sunday Express looks at the economics and politics of the unrest.

Unrest over farmer’s suicide in Solapur
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

The 42-year-old allegedly hanged himself and in a suicide note, suspected to have been written by him, asked for the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis before his body was cremated.

Maharashtra: All eyes on today’s farmers meet in Nashik, supplies get steady
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

Since June 1, farmers in Maharashtra have been on an unprecedented strike which affected the supply of milk and vegetable in urban areas.

Devendra Fadnavis waives farm loans of Rs 30,000 crore, but protests spread
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

Devendra Fadnavis said, “The loan waiver, which will come into force by October 31, 2017, will be restricted to small and marginal farmers with land holdings of five acres.”

Western Maharashtra farmers to gain more from loan waiver
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

Credit crisis is one of the major reasons for increasing farmer suicides which has been plaguing the state since long.

KKM faces ire of farmers for not taking them into confidence
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

Since June 1, farmers have stopped movement of vegetables and milk which has squeezed supplies to the wholesale markets across the state.

Day 2 of farmers’ strike: Major markets dry up, urban areas hit the most
Sat, Jun 03, 2017

Wholesale and retail prices of vegetables have gone up by almost 40 per cent, and are likely to increase more, as supplies continue to be sparse.

In Maharashtra, farmers protest by emptying milk containers, dumping vegetables on the road
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

Farmers across Maharashtra had decided to go on strike from June 1 as repeated talks with the state government had failed to resolve the stalemate.

Alternate markets rake in Rs 13,000 crore in Maharashtra
Sat, May 20, 2017

Records released by the Directorate of Marketing show that the combined turnover from private markets, direct markets and single license markets had crossed Rs 13,000 crore.

White Revolution 2.0: For these farmers, dairying is not just about milk, but also dung
Thu, May 18, 2017

There is money to be made from sale of manure, especially from cattle kept in free-stall barns.

Months after fallout, Sadashiv Khot shares stage with MP Raju Shetti
Fri, May 05, 2017

Shetti and Khot had fallen out since the latter’s decision to field his son for the zilla parishad elections in Sangli.

Nashik, Wardha DCCBs face uncertain future
Thu, Apr 27, 2017

In case these banks lose their licences, distribution of crop loans could be impacted in the upcoming kharif season in the districts concerned.

Bitter Truth: Early summer heat dries up recovery hopes for sugar in Maharashtra
Thu, Apr 27, 2017

No strong production rebound seen in 2017-18, even as state concedes No. 1 slot to Uttar Pradesh.

Denied Sanjay Dutt’s release details, Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict writes to info panel
Thu, Apr 27, 2017

The application is expected to come up for hearing in a year’s time.

Maharashtra’s Osmanabad district: A dying bank resorts to ‘band baja’ to get debt-ridden farmers to pay
Sat, Mar 25, 2017

Vijay Ghonse Patil, managing director of the bank, said they have issued 20,700 notices and have also carried out the ‘naming and shaming’ in around 10 cases.

Pune: King of mangoes all set to make its way to unchartered territories
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Hapus to be exported to Iran, Australia , South Korea

NABARD submits KYC verification report: Now, Maharashtra’s DCCBs pin hopes on RBI to get old currencies exchanged
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

The DCCBs had moved the Supreme Court for relief and during the hearing the RBI had expressed doubts over the KYC compliance of the DCCBs.

Pune: Sewage water seeps inside Kothrud societies as ‘smart city’ tag sinks
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

No water supply, no power for over 48 hours; PMC struggles to find blocked drain

No effulent treatment plant in Pimpri-Chinchwad: SC directive puts over 1,400 industrial units in the dock in Maharashtra
Thu, Mar 02, 2017

The court had asked state pollution control boards to work in tandem with electricity distribution companies (discoms) to implement its orders.

FPCs to stop procurement as price crash sets
Tue, Feb 28, 2017

In view of the 20 per cent increase in acreage of pulses, the central government had mandated creation of a buffer stock of pulses, of which 20,000 metric tonnes (MT) was to be done by the Federation.

As dairies in Maharashtra face a dry flush season, milk prices set to see a rise
Tue, Feb 28, 2017

On an average, the state is facing a 20 per cent shortage in milk, which dairy farmers say will get acute as the summer sets in.

PMC, PCMC Elections 2017: AIMIM manages to make presence felt in state; wins one seat from Pune
Fri, Feb 24, 2017

In Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, the party managed to put up a good show in many areas, even as the Congress and NCP blamed it for the defeat of its candidates. In Pune, Ashwini Landge of AIMIM won her seat from Panel 6 of PMC.

Sugar import: When economics and politics don’t match
Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Given a likely supply-demand gap, slashing import duty may be necessary but the environment post-UP polls may not allow it.

Confusion four fold with four panel system
Wed, Feb 22, 2017

Poll officials were seen helping out citizens who couldn’t figure out process.

PMC elections 2017: Affidavit details of candidates on display outside polling booths, voters seem disinterested
Wed, Feb 22, 2017

However, the initiative didn’t seem to make much difference to voters; most of them said they had already decided who to vote for before entering the booth.

MahaFPC aims to procure 30,000 MT of tur
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

In order to stabilise prices Small Farmers Agro Business Consortium (SFAC) had contracted MahaFPC to procure 20,000 MT of tur in Maharashtra.

Poll Vault: To add PCMC to Smart Cities’ list, govt dumps Navi Mumbai
Thu, Feb 09, 2017

Decision taken a few weeks before Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation goes for polls, BJP leaders cash in on announcement

Maharashtra: 31 DCCBs bleed as Rs 7,087 crore debited from them
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

On paper, the banks are saddled with Rs 2,743 cr in withdrawn currency notes which the RBI has refused to exchange with new notes

Economic survey: Pune second in providing services to residents
Wed, Feb 01, 2017

The city did not fare very well in transparency and it was ranked behind cities like Bhopal, Mumbai, Hyderabad, among others.

Farmers’ Producer companies record: 5,000 metric tonnes of tur daal procured in 110 centres this month
Mon, Jan 30, 2017

State MD claims procurement centres have stopped distress sales by farmers.

From bitter to sweet: Behtar din for sugarcane growers, finally
Thu, Jan 26, 2017

As mills, especially in Maharashtra, scramble for scarce cane, farmers have something to smile about.

Lean season, demonetisation hit sugar sales in both Maharashtra and country
Fri, Jan 06, 2017

Sanjeev Babar, managing director of the Maharashtra State Cooperative Sugar Factories Federation said, demonetisation has played a major role in the dip of sugar sales.

It’s business as usual at company linked to Pune’s biggest cash seizure
Thu, Dec 22, 2016

During raid on bank lockers of Worldwide Oilfield Machines, I-T dept found Rs 10 cr, 8 cr of it in new currency

For farmers in Marathwada, Vidarbha, a season of record payments
Thu, Dec 22, 2016

With 147 mills operational, as of December 15, cane growers in Maharashtra were supposed to receive Rs 2180.68 crore in payment.

Maharashtra: As losses mount, cash-strapped DCCBs consider legal action
Thu, Dec 22, 2016

Between November 10 and 14, Rs 4,700 crore was deposited with the 31 DCCBs in Maharashtra in withdrawn or specified bank notes (SBNs).

Cash crunch in Pune: Trade in non-perishable items falls by 30 per cent
Sun, Dec 18, 2016

Trade in perishable agricultural goods such as vegetables has seen a significant slide since last month or so as retail markets have been severely hit due to demonetisation.