The writer is chair professor for agriculture at ICRIER. Views are personal
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.
The Union cabinet lacks a champion for agriculture
Government’s actions on the commodity reveals it is ignorant of how a market economy is run
It needs to restructure its agriculture, develop sustainable cropping patterns.
The Centre needs to wake up. Otherwise India may return to the shortages of the mid-1960s.
Indian agriculture has made remarkable progress since 1947 and credit for this goes mainly to the farmer. Now we need to repay our debt to the agricultural community
It is necessary to rescue public policy from its elitist bias, bring agriculture to its centre
These are the root causes of agricultural distress. Farmers need better irrigation and access to markets.
In the long run, India will have to invest more in irrigation and better water management. But for the short term, our crop insurance system needs an overhaul.
Government should devise a crop-neutral incentive structure to attract farmers to pulses over paddy.
It is agricultural reform. Without focus on agri GDP and a sectoral overhaul, ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ will remain a slogan
A tussle is on between El Niño and the Indian Ocean Dipole. Government cannot afford to be a bystander.
Among the Modi government’s many hits was one crucial miss — agriculture.
Rahul Gandhi will help farmers more if he focuses on how policies are implemented
We need a contingency plan that combines real-time technology with robust insurance and easy credit.
Current rural distress is not about land acquisition. It is rooted in the low viability and high volatility of agriculture.
A major overhaul of the crop insurance system is needed. This is a good time to do so
To invest more in agriculture, Union government has to reorient food and fertiliser subsidies by moving to cash transfers.
Budget should have rationalised food-fertiliser subsidies to raise agri-investment.
Administered prices and subsidy policies have landed the fertiliser industry in trouble. It is time to decontrol and unshackle.
The Gujarat model continues to generate more heat than light.
Rising costs of labour must be absorbed by increased agricultural productivity
For the sugar sector to grow,its players must buy and sell freely
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