Govt to ensure cheap loans for farmers: Pawar

Govt to ensure cheap loans for farmers: Pawar

New Delhi: India will ensure loans to farmers at low rates, Sharad Pawar told reporters after taking over charge as the country’s agriculture minister on Monday.

Pawar further said the government is in no hurry to allow wheat exports and will ease curbs on rice shipments only after assessing the situation.

He also said India may allow imports of raw sugar in the next season also, but the country would not encourage imports of white, or refined, sugar.

The agriculture minister went on to add that the ban on rice futures would continue.

The Congress party-led coalition was returned to power for a second time, largely on a record of spending on the rural poor and on an expensive farm loan waiver programme.