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Maharashtra Lok Sabha elections: Nationalism trumps drought in Marathwada

Across these regions, where mitigation measures to tackle a grave water and fodder scarcity had barely begun during the election campaign, BJP leaders had run a campaign almost entirely on issues of national security, the Pulwama attack and the Balakot airstrike.

Gujarat: Farmers unhappy, but their vote could go either way

“We must do something. See, how prices of groundnut, cotton, and onion we produce have gone down,” a 45-year-old sharecropper says, adding that the market price of onions, “around Rs 250 per quintal may not even cover my transportation expense”.

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PM Modi ignored Maharashtra farmer-drought issues; rally a flop: Congress

"He (Modi) again gave the slogan of Hindutva. He did not touch upon issues which matter. He spoke as if opposition parties are in power," Maharashtra Congress general secretary Sachin Sawant said.

If Congress wins, rural youths will be employed to improve environment: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi has also said the Congress' soon-to-be-released manifesto will lay major thrust on jobs creation, addressing agrarian distress and strengthening the education and health sectors, besides charting a roadmap to boost economic growth.

Swaraj is the kisan’s birthright and he should have it

Agrarian crisis is an opportunity, for the government that assumes office after elections, to enact a law giving farmers the right to sell any quantity of their produce to anybody, anywhere and at any time.

From plate to plough: No achhe din for the farmer

When it comes to agriculture growth, the NDA government compares poorly with its immediate predecessor. The next government must initiate structural reforms, set realistic targets

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Farm income growth slumps to a 14-year-low in Oct-December 2018

Since for the farmer, it is not mere output but income (output multiplied by price) that matters, growth in nominal agricultural GVA being at low single-digits isn’t good news. Nor would it be so for any ruling party ahead of elections.

Budget allocation for agrarian welfare is utter betrayal to farmers: Kisan Sabha

"It was felt that the BJP's defeat in the recent state elections might force it to take some concrete steps in the budget on these issues. Sadly, it hasn't happened and has disappointed farmers again," said Ajit Nawale, Maharashtra general secretary of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS).

Govt’s role should be that of a fire brigade, lend a helping hand to farmers in a crisis: Pasha Patel

"During drought, the government can employ the services of agriculture workers for water conservation and tree plantation works for the next five months under MNEREGA. The Centre and state are working closely to find solutions to this vexed problem," says Maharashtra Agriculture Price Commission chairman.

‘Economic activity in rural Maharashtra likely to be healthy for next 12 months’: report

The study, which looked at large Indian states experiencing rural distress, drew its conclusions based on three parameters.

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