Harish Damodaran


The politics of pashu-dhan and pratibandh
Fri, Mar 24, 2017

Numbers don’t back claims of UP’s declining livestock wealth, crackdown on meat processing plants raises questions.

Direct transfer, 2 lakh sale points: Big fertiliser subsidy reform rollout in June
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Under the proposed system, payment of subsidy is to be based on weekly settlement of claims from actual sales data captured on POS machines.

Making the most out of trash
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

The message is likely to fall on deaf years for a simple reason

Neem works its magic on urea
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

PM Modi government’s mandatory coating policy brings down sale of fertilisers, despite record farm production

Post Poll: A sweetener for sugar
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

A BJP government in both the Centre and state could help fix the endemic problem of cane arrears in Uttar Pradesh

UP election results 2017: How Modi wave trumped agrarian distress in potato, sugarcane belt
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

In all, there are about 106 Assembly constituencies that can be seen as part of UP’s main sugarcane belt and another 62 falling in the potato belt.

Administrative apathy: Cradle of India’s Green Revolution languishes without a head
Thu, Mar 02, 2017

The country’s premier farm research and education institute has not had a full-time director for much of the present government’s tenure

No party for growers even with high sugar prices
Thu, Feb 23, 2017

There’s nothing new to that; if at all, it is only a pledge to implement an already existing provision in the UP Sugarcane (Regulation of Supply and Purchase) Act of 1953.

Sugar import: When economics and politics don’t match
Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Given a likely supply-demand gap, slashing import duty may be necessary but the environment post-UP polls may not allow it.

Flagship programmes: Modi’s big ghar-sadak bet
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

The current government’s focus on rural housing and road building can prove politically useful in the next Lok Sabha elections

Uttar Pradesh elections 2017: Away from spotlight, the sugar belt vote
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Their issues not highlighted in party campaigns, sugar farmers in 104 seats prepare to vote with bhugtan foremost on mind.

What Modinomics means: Government less a spender, more an enabler
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

The Centre’s fiscal deficit has been pegged at 3.2 per cent of GDP, only a tad out of line with the Modi government’s original roadmap of reducing it from 4.1 per cent in 2014-15 to 3 per cent by 2017-18.

Breeding breakthrough: Now, an Indian mustard as good as canola – and non-GM!
Thu, Jan 26, 2017

PDZM-31 is being grown in the current rabi season at IARI here for production of seed to enable planting on farmers’ fields from 2017-18.

When research pays: A sweet deal for mills and farmers
Thu, Jan 19, 2017

The story of a cane variety that has transformed the fortunes of Uttar Pradesh’s sugar industry

In UP ‘Brush Nagari’, note ban lifts BSP, SP
Tue, Jan 17, 2017

Sherkot has around 600 small-scale and cottage industry units that produce an estimated 70 per cent of the painting and drawing brushes in India.

Business as usual
Sat, Jan 14, 2017

The evolution of Indian capitalism seen through the lens of the managing agency, whose spirit lives on in the malik’s sense of entitlement.

Dry Weather: South Side Story
Thu, Jan 12, 2017

Extended dry weather in Tamil Nadu and southern Karnataka could have a production impact, especially in milk and sugar where supply conditions are already tightening.

Private dairies to surge ahead of cooperatives in milk procurement by the decade-end
Thu, Jan 12, 2017

India to be `10-lakh crore market by 2020; money is in liquid milk, dahi and khoa, not cheese and butter

The next inflation: When drought strikes – with a lag
Thu, Jan 05, 2017

Milk prices rising during peak production season should be a worry for the government

Arhar pinches, this time for farmers!
Thu, Dec 29, 2016

For farmers, the main source of their woes is a bumper crop.

In fact: From current deflation to future inflation
Tue, Dec 27, 2016

Today’s demonetisation-induced crash in farm produce may be a prelude to higher prices tomorrow

Fertiliser sales have not been impacted by cash crunch so far
Thu, Dec 22, 2016

Only in urea were sales, at 26.89 lt last month, marginally lower than the 27.37 lt for November 2015.

GM technology: Trait fee war between Monsanto and Indian seed firms intensifies
Thu, Dec 22, 2016

Monsanto has sublicensed its BG-II Bt technology — which was granted an Indian patent in February 2008 – to 49 companies.

Precarious Inventories: Lowest in nine years
Thu, Dec 15, 2016

There is uncertainty over the production prospects for the wheat currently being planted in the country.

Red faces in Agriculture Ministry as despite bumper crop, Govt allows duty-free import of wheat
Tue, Dec 13, 2016

Decision, despite bumper crop, taken by other ministries, says top official.

What’s become of money — before and after the ‘demonetisation’?
Mon, Dec 12, 2016

Central to understanding the Narendra Modi government’s ‘notebandi’ is understanding how money works in the economy.

Cash crunch dashes cane farmers’ hopes
Fri, Dec 09, 2016

Since demonetisation happened on November 8, ex-factory sugar prices in UP have eased from around Rs 3,600 to Rs 3,450 per quintal.

After the revolution
Tue, Dec 06, 2016

The Indian Express travels to Jaunti, the now largely forgotten village on the outskirts of Delhi, where the Green Revolution started and where parched fields today tell a story of decline

Watch out for these four crops!
Thu, Dec 01, 2016

In three of the four commodities, tight supplies have already led to price rise. Wheat is now retailing in Delhi at Rs 24 per kg, up from Rs 19 at this time last year.

India may now be on the road from proprietary to pinstripe capitalism
Mon, Nov 28, 2016

Demonetisation, along with GST, will bring about a fundamental reordering of business enterprise in India.

Demonetisation: Wheat farmers have no cash for fertilisers, pesticides or labour
Thu, Nov 24, 2016

Allowing use of Rs 500 notes for purchase of seed does not address other bigger expenses paid out of cash.

Why Narendra Modi’s demonetisation move is unprecedented
Mon, Nov 21, 2016

All previous radical monetary experiments have followed hyperinflation or protracted currency instability. Not this one.

Less cash and low stocks make wheat prices climb
Sat, Nov 19, 2016

In wheat, the situation has been worsened by stocks with FCI — at 18.84 million tonnes (mt) as on November 1 — at a nine-year low.

One Chennai dairy shows the way: Farmers paid via bank transfers
Thu, Nov 17, 2016

While countless businesses across India have faced problems after demonetisation, leading to spate of payment defaults, Hatsun Agro's 3.1 lakh farmers have received payments against milk supplies without any issues through bank transfers.

In fact: When the money stops
Tue, Nov 15, 2016

The effects of de-monetisation will be the most acute when it spreads from consumption in households to production in factories and by farmers across the country.

Are banks equipped to replace 2,300 crore pieces of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes?
Wed, Nov 09, 2016

The people who would be really hit are the ones who have stored their ill-gotten wealth in the now useless Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination notes