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