Data shows that while 49.8 lakh farmers received payments for claims they made under the Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) in 2017 Kharif season, 45 lakh farmers’ claims were accepted for the 2018 Kharif season.
Of the total 1.36 crore farmers in Maharashtra, 38.95 lakh farmers availed the crop loan during kharif and rabi seasons in 2018-19. The farmer’s poor access to crop loan is alarming, especially in wake of the severe drought.
As Lok Sabha elections took place in multiple phases, the opposition remained hopeful about winning quite a few seats in rural Maharashtra, with many leaders claiming they would cross the 20-mark figure in the state.
Fadnavis also waived annual lease on ponds of the size of 500 hectares used by farmers for fishing. The decision comes in the wake of growing demand from farmers, who undertake fishing as an allied business.
The protesting farmers have reached Nashik to take part in the march, even as the police refused to grant permission to them. The 'long march' to Mumbai called by AIKS will now take place on Thursday morning.
The pre-poll discussions with the Congress-NCP have come to a standstill. After a series of meetings, I realised they are not willing to make any commitment on criticial issues related to agriculture and farmers’ welfare, says Raju Shetti.