Finance minister holds pre-budget consultations with farmer groups

Agri experts emphasise on income security

by Arjit Singh Bhambra

The finance minister Arun Jaitley held pre-budget consultations with various stakeholders from the agricultural sector on 5 December 2017. During the meeting, issues such as the need to conserve water, incentivise agro-processing, encouraging setting up warehouses, cold storages at local levels and promoting balanced use of fertilizers in order to ensure higher agriculture productivity were discussed. Various stakeholders suggested the need to shift from food policy to farmers’ policy in the upcoming Budget. Implementation of price deficiency payment mechanism for providing better remunerative prices to farmers, a nation-wide agriculture debt relief package with contributions from state governments, greater emphasis on agro-forestry were also suggested. Focus on dairy, fruit, vegetable items along with schemes to promote mechanization of farming can help in achieving the goal of doubling of the farmers’ income by 2022.

References
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CMIE STATISTICS
Unemployment Rate
Per cent
4.6 -0.0
Consumer Sentiments Index
Base September-December 2015
95.8 -0.2
Consumer Expectations Index
Base September-December 2015
94.8 -0.3
Current Economic Conditions Index
Base September-December 2015
97.3 0.0
Quarterly CapeEx Aggregates
(Rs.trillion) Dec 16 Mar 17 Jun 17 Sep 17
New projects 2.33 3.82 2.07 1.04
Completed projects 1.01 1.94 1.16 1.00
Stalled projects 1.13 0.73 2.67 0.67
Revived projects 0.18 0.67 0.30 0.29
Implementation stalled projects 0.83 0.33 0.68 0.62
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017 4:20PM
Quarterly Financials of Listed Companies
(% change) Dec 16 Mar 17 Jun 17 Sep 17
All listed Companies
 Income 6.2 10.2 9.8 8.4
 Expenses 6.3 11.9 10.0 9.7
 Net profit 40.2 16.0 -19.6 -17.7
 PAT margin (%) 6.0 6.0 5.3 5.8
 Count of Cos. 4,509 4,444 4,318 3,364
Non-financial Companies
 Income 5.9 11.8 10.4 8.4
 Expenses 7.2 15.6 10.6 8.4
 Net profit 24.5 -2.3 -25.0 -5.0
 PAT margin (%) 6.2 6.2 5.2 6.6
 Net fixed assets 6.9 9.5
 Current assets 2.6 2.4
 Current liabilities 8.8 10.4
 Borrowings 4.8 3.3
 Reserves & surplus 6.3 8.0
 Count of Cos. 3,484 3,440 3,352 2,533
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017 4:20PM
Annual Financials of All Companies
(% change) FY14 FY15 FY16 FY17
All Companies
 Income 10.0 5.2 1.1 6.7
 Expenses 9.9 5.2 1.2 6.9
 Net profit -2.3 1.4 -13.1 20.6
 PAT margin (%) 3.2 3.2 2.9 6.4
 Assets 12.3 9.4 9.7 8.6
 Net worth 9.6 8.7 10.6 7.9
 RONW (%) 6.2 6.1 5.1 9.2
 Count of Cos. 24,045 23,818 20,791 4,756
Non-financial Companies
 Income 9.7 4.3 0.1 6.7
 Expenses 9.3 4.5 -0.6 7.5
 Net profit -2.7 -5.8 11.6 14.6
 PAT margin (%) 2.2 2.1 2.6 6.3
 Net fixed assets 11.6 13.3 15.5 7.3
 Net worth 8.1 7.1 11.0 6.3
 RONW (%) 5.1 4.9 5.4 10.3
 Debt / Equity (times) 1.1 1.1 1.1 0.7
 Interest cover (times) 2.0 1.9 2.0 3.4
 Net working capital cycle (days) 69 67 66 49
 Count of Cos. 19,288 19,270 17,281 3,624
Numbers are net of P&E
Updated on: 04 Dec 2017 11:59AM

Data added for HPI at Assessment prices and HPI at Market prices