The writer is chair professor for agriculture at ICRIER. Views are personal
Agriculture GDP bucks the trend of decline in other sectors. But can the government help the farmers sustain this growth?
Hoarders have devised myriad ways to exchange banned currency. Demonetisation can be made more meaningful through some simple steps
The government’s insurance scheme for agriculture is a major success over earlier schemes. But it remains beset by implementation glitches
Some ways to relieve the pain of demonetisation in rural India.
Demonetisation gives dignity to honest Indians. But for it to succeed, the ministry of agriculture must take the lead.
The slogan of ‘Make in Odisha’ is being raised, Bhubaneswar is going to be a smart city. But first the state must explore ways of raising its farm productivity.
But per capita meat consumption remains relatively low. This has implications for nutritional and food security.
Inclusive agricultural growth is key to removing poverty by 2030.
The government has failed to provide the right incentives to farmers
An enduring solution to India’s water woes lies in buffer stocking during monsoon months and release during lean seasons.
Farmers can install solar panels on their fields that can generate income in addition to regular crop agriculture.
Government has the opportunity to rein in food inflation on a sustainable basis.
PM Modi needs to move from slogans to action to transform agriculture.
The incentive structure, currently skewed in favour of rice and wheat, needs to become crop-neutral
The Modi government should spell out clearly what it wants to double by 2022 — nominal or real incomes.
New FDI policy in food products is unlikely to be a game-changer by itself. Government must clear up the policy environment.
Agriculture needs a champion in the Union cabinet.
NDA’s existing agricultural policies are ill-equipped to achieve the stated goal of doubling them in five years.
Political will and public participation will need to come together for India to become a leader in solar power on a global scale
The Centre should fully roll-back recent moves at controlling prices and royalties for Bt cotton seeds.
NDA government’s plans for agriculture are still to bear fruit.
Convert crisis into opportunity: Shift from supply side augmentation to demand side management.
It’s not that Maharashtra has spent less on irrigation. The real problem is its high cost.
Substantial number of interest subvention scheme loans are diverted to non-agricultural uses. Government must switch to an income-support subsidy regime
The picture is completed by the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (crop insurance) and e-market platform that he is going to launch on April 14.
The cotton revolution is in danger of being reversed by government control over GM seed pricing.
Budget makes the right moves on agriculture, but they may not be bold enough.
The budget is an opportunity for government to address the simmering discontent and disillusion in rural India.
Building on the Jan Dhan framework, India should move from price to income support
New crop insurance scheme is welcome. Its litmus test: Whether crop-damage assessment can be done within two weeks of the extreme weather event and compensation paid a week after that
The farmers are under severe stress, with profitability in farming falling alarmingly. FY17 budget must boldly address the agriculture crisis.
The sector is ripe for reform. Will the Centre bite the bullet in the next budget?
Madhya Pradesh’s agricultural growth rates offer important lessons for the Centre
But no past political master can match our present PM, Narendra Modi, in coining new slogans and catching the imagination of the masses.
Government must not ignore the warning signs. It needs to double its overall support to farmers and move from price policy to direct income support.
Scapegoating ‘hoarders’ and ‘speculators’ for the spike in dal prices might have been effective in the 1960s. But today, it is only evidence of a rather sloppy conceptual policy framework.
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