Ashok Gulati



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

From plate to plough: A barren field
Thu, May 26, 2016

NDA government’s plans for agriculture are still to bear fruit.

From Plate to Plough: Drop by careful drop
Mon, May 09, 2016

Convert crisis into opportunity: Shift from supply side augmentation to demand side management.

From Plate to Plough — The big thirst
Mon, Apr 25, 2016

It’s not that Maharashtra has spent less on irrigation. The real problem is its high cost.

Wake up, smell the leakage
Mon, Apr 11, 2016

Substantial number of interest subvention scheme loans are diverted to non-agricultural uses. Government must switch to an income-support subsidy regime

From Plate to Plough: Raising farmers’ income by 2022
Mon, Mar 28, 2016

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.

Heading backwards
Mon, Mar 14, 2016

The cotton revolution is in danger of being reversed by government control over GM seed pricing.

No Gamechangers For Farmers
Tue, Mar 01, 2016

Budget makes the right moves on agriculture, but they may not be bold enough.

From Plate to Plough: On the farm front, make a bold move
Mon, Feb 15, 2016

The budget is an opportunity for government to address the simmering discontent and disillusion in rural India.

From Plate to Plough: How to expand inclusion
Mon, Feb 01, 2016

Building on the Jan Dhan framework, India should move from price to income support

A harvest-time gift
Mon, Jan 18, 2016

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

From plate to plough: A new budget in the new year
Mon, Jan 04, 2016

The farmers are under severe stress, with profitability in farming falling alarmingly. FY17 budget must boldly address the agriculture crisis.

From Plate to Plough: The fertiliser challenge
Mon, Dec 21, 2015

The sector is ripe for reform. Will the Centre bite the bullet in the next budget?

From plate to plough: A leaf from the MP book
Mon, Dec 07, 2015

Madhya Pradesh’s agricultural growth rates offer important lessons for the Centre

From plate to plough: Slogans, strategies, showbiz
Mon, Nov 23, 2015

But no past political master can match our present PM, Narendra Modi, in coining new slogans and catching the imagination of the masses.

India shining, Part 2
Tue, Nov 10, 2015

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.

Bad cure for a racing pulse
Fri, Oct 23, 2015

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.

From plate to plough: Does anyone love the farmer?
Mon, Oct 12, 2015

The Union cabinet lacks a champion for agriculture

From plate to plough: Losing the pulses
Mon, Sep 28, 2015

Government’s actions on the commodity reveals it is ignorant of how a market economy is run

Why Maharashtra is under stress
Mon, Sep 14, 2015

It needs to restructure its agriculture, develop sustainable cropping patterns.

Dismayed farmers, defunct policies
Mon, Aug 31, 2015

The Centre needs to wake up. Otherwise India may return to the shortages of the mid-1960s.

Plate to Plough: The hands that feed us
Mon, Aug 17, 2015

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

Policy with a farmer’s face
Mon, Aug 03, 2015

It is necessary to rescue public policy from its elitist bias, bring agriculture to its centre

Monsoons and markets
Mon, Jul 20, 2015

These are the root causes of agricultural distress. Farmers need better irrigation and access to markets.

Drones and doves
Sat, Jul 04, 2015

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.

More dal, less bhaat
Thu, Jun 18, 2015

Government should devise a crop-neutral incentive structure to attract farmers to pulses over paddy.

From Plate to Plough: Modi sarkar’s toughest test
Mon, Jun 08, 2015

It is agricultural reform. Without focus on agri GDP and a sectoral overhaul, ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ will remain a slogan

Prepare for the rainless day
Thu, Jun 04, 2015

A tussle is on between El Niño and the Indian Ocean Dipole. Government cannot afford to be a bystander.

The weakest link
Mon, May 25, 2015

Among the Modi government’s many hits was one crucial miss — agriculture.

From plate to plough: Padyatras, politics, policies
Mon, May 11, 2015

Rahul Gandhi will help farmers more if he focuses on how policies are implemented

If it doesn’t rain
Tue, May 05, 2015

We need a contingency plan that combines real-time technology with robust insurance and easy credit.

A bitter crop
Tue, Apr 28, 2015

Current rural distress is not about land acquisition. It is rooted in the low viability and high volatility of agriculture.

From plate to plough: A Baisakhi gift for the farmer
Mon, Apr 13, 2015

A major overhaul of the crop insurance system is needed. This is a good time to do so

Lead from the Centre
Mon, Mar 30, 2015

To invest more in agriculture, Union government has to reorient food and fertiliser subsidies by moving to cash transfers.

Silence on the farm
Mon, Mar 02, 2015

Budget should have rationalised food-fertiliser subsidies to raise agri-investment.

A fertile mess
Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Administered prices and subsidy policies have landed the fertiliser industry in trouble. It is time to decontrol and unshackle.

A field of disagreement
Fri, May 09, 2014

The Gujarat model continues to generate more heat than light.