Ashok Gulati


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

From plate to plough: The faraway fields
Mon, Apr 24, 2017

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

Prelude to a contagion
Mon, Apr 10, 2017

UP’s farm loan waiver could prompt other states to follow suit, evade real reasons for agricultural distress

From plate to plough: Development with cow
Mon, Mar 27, 2017

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

From Plate to Plough: A finger on the pulses
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

Government must give a level playing field by removing restrictions on markets and exports

From Plate to Plough: It’s not about loan waivers
Mon, Feb 27, 2017

Indian farmers are facing multiple crises. Punjab’s case highlights their problems.

No one loves the farmer
Mon, Feb 13, 2017

They are the largest constituency in UP. Yet, all parties have overlooked their issues

Getting a handle on water for agriculture use
Thu, Feb 09, 2017

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.

Budget and Framing: The cart before the horse
Thu, Feb 09, 2017

n the first three years of the Modi government, the average agricultural GDP growth in real terms has been just 1.7 per cent.

More Water For The Field
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

But silence on reforming food and fertiliser subsidies is disappointing.

From plate to plough: Growth amidst gloom
Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Agriculture GDP bucks the trend of decline in other sectors. But can the government help the farmers sustain this growth?

The cop and the crooks
Mon, Jan 02, 2017

Hoarders have devised myriad ways to exchange banned currency. Demonetisation can be made more meaningful through some simple steps

Partial security for farmers
Mon, Dec 19, 2016

The government’s insurance scheme for agriculture is a major success over earlier schemes. But it remains beset by implementation glitches

How to sow a reform
Thu, Dec 01, 2016

Some ways to relieve the pain of demonetisation in rural India.

From plate to plough: Change is in the air
Mon, Nov 21, 2016

Demonetisation gives dignity to honest Indians. But for it to succeed, the ministry of agriculture must take the lead.

From plate to plough: Some Punjab lessons for Odisha
Mon, Nov 07, 2016

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.

From plate to plough: A clear trend towards non-vegetarianism in India
Mon, Oct 24, 2016

But per capita meat consumption remains relatively low. This has implications for nutritional and food security.

From plate to plough: Rural change challenge
Mon, Oct 10, 2016

Inclusive agricultural growth is key to removing poverty by 2030.

No feel for the pulse
Mon, Sep 26, 2016

The government has failed to provide the right incentives to farmers

From Plate to Plough: Connecting the drops
Mon, Sep 12, 2016

An enduring solution to India’s water woes lies in buffer stocking during monsoon months and release during lean seasons.

Harvesting Solar – in fields!
Thu, Sep 01, 2016

Farmers can install solar panels on their fields that can generate income in addition to regular crop agriculture.

From Plate to Plough: Seize the crisis
Mon, Aug 29, 2016

Government has the opportunity to rein in food inflation on a sustainable basis.

From plate to plough: Seeds of change
Mon, Aug 15, 2016

PM Modi needs to move from slogans to action to transform agriculture.

From plate to plough: The arhar challenge
Mon, Aug 01, 2016

The incentive structure, currently skewed in favour of rice and wheat, needs to become crop-neutral

Farm incomes: Dreaming to double
Thu, Jul 28, 2016

The Modi government should spell out clearly what it wants to double by 2022 — nominal or real incomes.

From plate to plough: A thought for food
Mon, Jul 18, 2016

New FDI policy in food products is unlikely to be a game-changer by itself. Government must clear up the policy environment.

From Plate to Plough: Twenty-five years of tinkering
Mon, Jul 04, 2016

Agriculture needs a champion in the Union cabinet.

From Plate to Plough: With humility, on farmer income
Mon, Jun 20, 2016

NDA’s existing agricultural policies are ill-equipped to achieve the stated goal of doubling them in five years.

From plate to plough: Catching the Sun
Mon, Jun 06, 2016

Political will and public participation will need to come together for India to become a leader in solar power on a global scale

Genetically modified technology: Fiasco in the name of the farmer
Thu, Jun 02, 2016

The Centre should fully roll-back recent moves at controlling prices and royalties for Bt cotton seeds.

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.