TCI begins next phase of its project to support India’s smallholder farmers
The Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI) is embarking on the next phase of its project to support smallholder farmers in India through the promotion of effective farmer producer organization (FPO) models. To further scale TCI’s efforts, the new funding of $500,000 from the Walmart Foundation will aid in the understanding, development, and promotion of effective farm-aggregation models. This is in addition to TCI’s project on “FPO-Led Small Farm Market Access Models” which received a grant of $1 million from the Walmart Foundation in 2019.
Tomato, onion growers in tears following price crash in Karnataka
Tomato and onion growers are a worried lot as the bumper harvest has led to a crash in prices in the state. The Kolar district fruits and vegetable growers struggle committee has demanded the government announce a minimum support price for onion and tomato growers to safeguard the interests of farmers.
According to sources in the Yeshwanthpur Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) Yard here, onion prices had dropped to somewhere between Rs 2 per kg and Rs 10, a few days ago.
However, it has now stabilised in the range of Rs 12 to Rs 18 per kg depending on the quality of the produce.
Farmers paid Rs 1.25 lakh crore as claims till Oct 31: Government
Farmers have been paid claims worth Rs 1,25,662 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana since its inception in 2016, the government said on Thursday. Crop insurance premium totalling Rs 25,186 crore have been paid by the farmers under the scheme till October 31, 2022.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), the agriculture ministry said, the government is committed to provide comprehensive insurance coverage against crop loss on account of non-preventable natural risks.
“In the last 6 years, Rs 25,186 crore have been paid by farmers as the premium, wherein Rs 1,25,662 crore have been paid to the farmers against their claims as on October 31, 2022 with Central and state governments bearing most of the premium under the scheme,” an official statement said, while clarifying on reports that a paltry sum of insurance claims being paid to the farmers in certain districts of Maharashtra.
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