Ever since the Centre promulgated land ordinance in 2014, the massive tide of popularity that PM had whipped up has ebbed somewhat.
India has raised the import tax on sugar to 40% from 25% to help prop up falling local prices and protect local farmers who have not been paid by money-losing mills.
Heavy, widespread rains are expected over north India in the next two weeks, according to forecasts by two weather agencies, further hampering wheat harvesting.
Skymet has stuck to its earlier forecast of a normal monsoon this year, unruffled by weather office’s prediction that rainfall in June-Sept period would be below par.
Effects of this earthquake were also severely felt in all northern and central parts of India including in the capital city of New Delhi.
“We have prepared contingency plans for 580 districts for the eventuality of a weak monsoon, and will be adding more districts,” Singh said.
National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture, along with recently-launched National Soil Health Card Mission, will help climate mitigation indirectly.
Unseasonal rains over the past few weeks have taken away the sheen of the grains, reducing their shelf life. The amount of shrivelled and broken grains is also higher than normal.
This was the second time the agriculture ministry revised the area impacted by untimely rains and hailstorms between January and March.
Radha Mohan Singh said government has identified 100 districts in the country to help farmers who are grappling with extreme weather conditions.
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