Harish Damodaran


The Cost+50% Swaminathan formula mirage
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

The M S Swaminathan committee’s widely disseminated recommendation, to fix MSP at levels “at least 50 per cent more than the weighted average cost of production”, remains a holy grail or partial reality at best.

Acreage shifts: King Cotton’s comeback
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

The fibre crop, along with maize, seems the most attractive planting option for farmers this kharif

Price Woes: Bean Prices below MSP even ahead of sowing
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

According to Davish Jain, chairman of the Indore-based Soyabean Processors Association of India, the industry is in no position to pay higher prices today.

Maharashtra dairies cry foul over Karnataka subsidy
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

Allege that Siddaramaiah government’s Rs 5/litre incentive to farmers causing ‘dumping’ of surplus milk in neighbouring states

The crops of wrath
Mon, Jun 12, 2017

Demonetisation may not have hit agriculture production but it is the cause for the current unrest

After Maharashtra, farmer unrest rocks MP: 6 killed in firing, govt ready for talks
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore and a job to the next of kin of each dead and Rs five lakh and free treatment to those injured in MP.

In Fact: After GDP data shock, action now shifts to Mint Street
Mon, Jun 05, 2017

Sub-par growth and overachievement in meeting inflation targets may put the Reserve Bank under pressure to deliver a more than normal repo rate cut

Reversal Of Fortunes: From net farm exporter to net importer
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

Between 2013-14 and 2016-17, India’s exports of agricultural commodities have dipped from $43.2 billion to $33.8 billion, even as imports have climbed from $15.5 billion to $25.6 billion

Us & Them, the farmers
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

GM mustard exposes our double standards when it comes to technology for farmers

Ban on cattle sale for slaughter: How rules hit industry, turn market upside down
Sat, May 27, 2017

It restricts the scope of “animal markets” only to trading of cattle “bought for agricultural purposes and not for slaughter”.

GST: Zero duty will help farmers but blow hole in state coffers
Sat, May 20, 2017

The total state levies on the basic grain purchase price — not counting the 2.5 per cent fee payable to commission agents (arhtiyas) — thus comes to 12 per cent.

GST: Please tax us, say tractor makers
Thu, May 18, 2017

The case of an industry that wants no duty exemption on its product under the Goods and Services Tax regime.

Livestock husbandry: Salvaging the male
Thu, May 11, 2017

Rearing male buffalo calves for meat could be the way forward for sustaining India’s Pink Revolution — and also correcting the ‘reverse gender bias’ in bovines.

The journey of a 400 kg buffalo
Sun, May 07, 2017

The Indian Express travels down the meat value chain in Uttar Pradesh to find a seamless system that’s now under strain.

What it might cost to save gauvansh countrywide
Mon, Apr 24, 2017

If the 10 million or so cattle that possibly end up at the abattoir every year are not culled, farmers will simply stop caring for them and let them loose in towns and cities.

Uttar Pradesh sugar output hits all-time record
Thu, Apr 20, 2017

Achievement, a result of the spread of a high-yielding, early-maturing wonder cane variety

How gau rakshaks can derail India’s White Revolution
Mon, Apr 10, 2017

Rising cow vigilantism will impact not just the meat trade. These could even hurt the dairy industry.

Agriculture and climate change: Breeding for the Ides of March
Thu, Apr 06, 2017

A new wheat variety that could address the threat to India’s second largest crop from rising temperatures during critical grain-filling stage

March heat may dampen govt’s hopes of record wheat crop
Mon, Apr 03, 2017

THE SUDDEN spike in temperatures since early last week is stoking concerns over the standing wheat crop, even as the Centre has projected a record production of 96.64 million tonnes (mt) and recently levied a 10 per cent import duty on the grain. “It was looking good till around March 20. Even on March 25, […]

Sustainable Agriculture: Punjab’s search for a less water-guzzling, yet high-yielding paddy
Thu, Mar 30, 2017

A new 125-day rice variety promises to provide some respite to Punjab farmers, depleting aquifers.

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.