Chennai: A farmer at his agricultural field in Chennai on Feb 1, 2018. In the Union Budget 2018-19, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's focus was on rural India and agriculture, announcing a number of schemes and incentives. For the Kharif agricultural output, the minister increased the minimum support price to one and half times of production cost, raising institutional farm credit to Rs 11 lakh crore in 2018-19 from Rs 8.5 lakh crore.

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