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India’s government claims to subsidise farmers, but actually hurts them

INDIA’S farmers should be the happiest in the world. For decades governments have showered them with perks including a blanket tax exe subsidies on fertiliser, seeds, energy and water for irri low-interest cheap crop ins high tariffs to block food i and price supports for more than 20 crops. Lately, the authorities have become more generous still. Since 2014 no fewer than eight states have waived a total of well over $25bn in farmers’ debts.Narendra Modi, the prime minister, for whom elections loom, h

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