PM-Kisan scheme: Fisheries Ministry seeks inclusion of fishermen for benefits
The fisheries ministry has sought inclusion of fishermen in the PM-KISAN scheme, which gives Rs 6,000 annually to farmers in three equal instalments.“There are around 20 million fishermen, who need direct income support. They work in shared boats and own nothing, not even land. We have requested government to include fishermen in PM-KISAN scheme, the way government has allowed fishermen credit facility through Kisan Credit Card (KCC),” said an official of the fisheries ministry.
Government lifts ban on onion exports
The government has decided to lift ban on export of onions in view of bumper crops. Food and consumer affairs minister told ET that the lifting of ban will help farmers get good prices as the March harvest is over 40% more than last year at 40 lakh tonnes.
“Prices have now stabilised and crops are reaching mandis in large quantities. So further ban on onion will put prices under pressure,” he said.
The government had imposed ban on onions in September last year when the prices of the bulb had crossed Rs 150 per kg in some retail markets. The government also had imposed stock limit and imported onions from Egypt, Afghanistan and Turkey to tame the prices.
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