The writer is chair professor for agriculture at ICRIER. Views are personal
Operation Greens must build forward and backward linkages between farmers and markets. It can learn from Operation Flood.
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
Price deficiency payment schemes in Madhya Pradesh and Haryana do not cover farmers’ losses. Telangana’s input support scheme deserves nation-wide emulation.
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.
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.
PM has asked them to halve urea consumption by 2022. But this cannot be achieved till the price of the fertiliser remains artificially low.
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.
Onion farmers have suffered even in a bumper crop year. Needed: Scientific storage facilities, a judicious trade policy.
India can be competitive in cereals, pulses and oilseeds trade if policymakers invest in creating value chains. Policies that restrict exports should go
India must curb intellectual property rights violations, like the one on herbicide tolerant Bt cotton, in order to become an innovation hub.
The state extended the best technologies to farmers, gave them access to markets. It’s a model the country can learn from today.
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
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.
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.
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.
The states need to pull up their socks, make farmers stakeholders, to ensure success of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana
Diversification is essential to making Punjab a star performer in agriculture once again
Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Israel should build on the partnership between the two countries in water management
With a glut in agricultural production, prices have fallen below MSPs. The government needs to get the agri-market right to address the farm crisis
A smooth GST regime can break inter-state barriers on movement and facilitate direct linkages between processors and farmers
On agriculture, three years into the Modi government, while many steps have been taken to realise promises made in 2014, others have fallen by the wayside
MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s investments in irrigation, electricity, roads and procurement systems worked for the state’s farmers. The new UP CM would do well to emulate him.
The Modi government has made the right moves with its flagship schemes for agriculture, but these have not made much difference to the lives of farmers so far
UP’s farm loan waiver could prompt other states to follow suit, evade real reasons for agricultural distress
Agricultural growth in Uttar Pradesh can be achieved by putting dairy in the lead role. State’s new chief minister has his task cut out for him
Government must give a level playing field by removing restrictions on markets and exports
Indian farmers are facing multiple crises. Punjab’s case highlights their problems.
They are the largest constituency in UP. Yet, all parties have overlooked their issues
In Budget 2017-18, a sum of Rs 7,377 crore has been allocated to the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana, a 42 per cent jump over the revised estimates for FY17.
n the first three years of the Modi government, the average agricultural GDP growth in real terms has been just 1.7 per cent.
But silence on reforming food and fertiliser subsidies is disappointing.
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 life of Gauri Lankesh and her role as a journalist and activist is contextualised in this concise collection of writings