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Biggest problems faced by farmers in India?

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1. Small and fragmented land-holdings:The seemingly abundance of net sown area of 141.2 million hectares and total cropped area of 189.7 million hectares (1999-2000) pales into insignificance when we see that it is divided into economically unviable small and scattered holdings.The average size of holdings was 2.28 hectares in 1970-71 which was reduced to 1.82 hectares in 1980-81 and 1.50 hectares in 1995-96. The size of the holdings will further decrease with the infinite Sub-division of the land holdings.2. Seeds:Seed is a critical and basic input for attaining higher crop yields and sustained growth in agricultural production. Distribution of assured...

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Grow your own veggies all through the year

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Kerala is a small state with high population density. The number of small families (with 4-5 members) is increasing in the state in urban as well as rural regions. Farm lands are being rapidly converted into housing plots and this causes a severe reduction in crop grown area. Especially for vegetables, a reduction in their yield has a severe impact on the economy. The market share of vegetables cultivated in Kerala is less than 33 per cent. About 67 per cent of vegetables coming in Kerala market are from neighbouring States. Moreover, it is evident that the agricultural commodities coming...

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The emergence of agricultural NBFCs in India

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A new breed of non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) is emerging in India: Agricultural NBFCs. As agricultural marketing and warehousing companies look to expand their businesses, a number of them are seeking to provide financial services to farmers and farm-related businesses, many of whom would be existing clients. Agricultural warehousing companies such as Star Agriwarehousing and Collateral Management Ltd, Shree Shubham Logistics Ltd and Sohan Lal Commodity Management Pvt. Ltd have already started such NBFCs, whileNational Bulk Handling Corp. and National Collateral Management Services Ltd are exploring the option. Automobile companies were the first to try this model, starting dedicated vehicle...

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