Ashok Gulati


The writer is chair professor for agriculture at ICRIER. Views are personal

From Plate to Plough: Freeing the farm
Mon, Apr 16, 2018

Raising agricultural exports requires the government to unburden policy of consumer bias. A balance should be struck between meeting the needs of food-insecure consumers and income-insecure farmers.

From Plate to Plough: The right agri-support
Mon, Apr 02, 2018

Schemes to ensure that farmers get fair returns will come a croppper unless trade and tariffs are synced with minimum support prices.

Band aid after the long march
Wed, Mar 14, 2018

Loan waivers and increased MSP will provide temporary relief to Maharashtra farmers. The state needs to explore alternative cropping patterns, modes of irrigation.

From Plate To Plough: Getting realistic about farm incomes
Tue, Mar 06, 2018

Unless government takes bold decisions on agri-markets, reducing production costs and increasing demand, its goal to double farmers’ incomes by 2022 will remain a pipe-dream.

From Plate To Plough: A vision coloured green
Mon, Feb 19, 2018

Operation Greens must build forward and backward linkages between farmers and markets. It can learn from Operation Flood.

From plate to plough: The MSP smokescreen
Tue, Feb 06, 2018

Government’s claim that it has given support prices that are 50 per cent over input costs to farmers is a sleight of hand. Tall talk could increase farmer resentment

From Plate to Plough: How to help the farmer
Mon, Jan 29, 2018

Price deficiency payment schemes in Madhya Pradesh and Haryana do not cover farmers’ losses. Telangana’s input support scheme deserves nation-wide emulation.

From Plate to Plough: Challenges from the farm
Tue, Jan 16, 2018

Doubling farmers’ income by 2022 will require the Modi government to do much better than it has done in the past four years. The present government lags behind its predecessors in agricultural growth.

From Plate to Plough: Left behind on the farm
Tue, Jan 02, 2018

Farmers have suffered in the last three-and-a-half years. For the prime minister and the BJP, agricultural reforms make both economic and political sense.

From Plate to Plough: For farmers, the next big idea
Mon, Dec 18, 2017

PM has asked them to halve urea consumption by 2022. But this cannot be achieved till the price of the fertiliser remains artificially low.

From Plate to Plough: Agri-futures, like China
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

A robust futures market helps China’s farmers get better prices for their produce. India must begin by allowing prospecting only for non-sensitive commodities.

From Plate to Plough: Onion tears and how to wipe them
Mon, Nov 20, 2017

Onion farmers have suffered even in a bumper crop year. Needed: Scientific storage facilities, a judicious trade policy.

From plate to plough: Farm to distant shores
Mon, Nov 06, 2017

India can be competitive in cereals, pulses and oilseeds trade if policymakers invest in creating value chains. Policies that restrict exports should go

Innovators, not pirates
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

India must curb intellectual property rights violations, like the one on herbicide tolerant Bt cotton, in order to become an innovation hub.

From Plate to Plough: What Gujarat did yesterday
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

The state extended the best technologies to farmers, gave them access to markets. It’s a model the country can learn from today.

A sketchy roadmap
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

NITI Aayog’s three year agenda does not recognise the role of trade policy in agriculture, and is silent on money-guzzling food and fertiliser subsidies

From plate to plough: No feel for the pulse
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

Prices crashed last year because there was a glut in imports during a year of record production. Government has not corrected the policy snags that led to this anomaly.

From plate to plough: Tall tales for farmers
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

The first time the PM had shared his dream of doubling farmers’ income (DFI) was at a kisan rally in Bareilly on February 28, 2016. A day later, the finance minister talked about this goal in his budget speech.

From plate to plough: Plan for the agri-futures
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

The futures market is one way to ensure that farmers’ planting and selling decisions are forward-looking. It can help smoothen the boom and bust problem in agri prices.

From plate to plough: Everybody loves a good crop
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

The states need to pull up their socks, make farmers stakeholders, to ensure success of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana