Harish Damodaran


Gujarat polls 2017: Narmada waters more in canals than in farms
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

Gujarat elections: Surendranagar district president blames the problems of Saurashtra’s farmers mainly on the poor progress in building the distributaries, minors and sub-minor canals that are supposed to take the Narmada waters to the fields.

Nominal vs Real growth: For farmer, it’s rise in income, not output, that matters
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

During the 10 years from 2004-05 to 2013-14, growth in real gross value added (GVA, at constant prices) from agriculture, forestry & fishing averaged 3.7 per cent a year.

Redesigning policy: The right crop nutrient solution
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

The existing product registration and subsidy regime is heavily biased against value-added yield-enhancing fertilisers.

In Patidar zone, a milk co-op owned by a CPM leader
Mon, Dec 04, 2017

This cooperative bought 15.70 lakh litres milk from its 300 farmer-members during the year ended March 31, and paid them Rs 7.08 crore at an average Rs 45.07 per litre.

July-Sept GDP data: A tale of two manufacturing growth rates
Fri, Dec 01, 2017

Rebound in Q2 GDP growth was largely driven by manufacturing growth, which grew 7% year-on-year in last quarter.

Chilling technology: White Revolution – Part II
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

Behind Gujarat’s dairy sector’s continued growth in recent times has been bulk milk coolers — and 24-hour electricity

Gujarat elections: The constituency of milk, 35 lakh voters and growing
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

Since 2002-03, milk prices multiply, procurment trebles as industry spreads

The incredible Banni buffalo breed: In arid Kutch, a village of 30 families that supplies Rs 2.2 crore worth of milk a year
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

The Banni buffalo, unlike common breeds such as Murrah or Jaffarabadi, can tolerate water scarcity and harsh climatic conditions, while thriving on the natural grasses growing in the area.

Rearing indigenous cattle is easier said than done; this farmer shows how it can be profitable
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

Patel’s Gir cows yield an average of 3,000 litres over a 300-day lactation period, as against the normal 2,000 levels for this indigenous cattle breed.

Yogendra Yadav: For farmers, their what-the-hell moment has truly arrived
Thu, Nov 23, 2017

(One of the things) I have seen, which cuts across all farmers, is anger against government. This all-round disenchantment is more so against the current government at the Centre, says Yogendra Yadav.

Why the prices of veggies are curiously high this winter
Thu, Nov 23, 2017

Generally, given bountiful supplies, produce prices fall with the mercury. But currently, perishables from tomatoes to spinach are more expensive than in the summer — when prices were, in fact, unusually low. What’s happening?

Egg prices hit a high, now as costly as chicken
Mon, Nov 20, 2017

Considering that egg production isn’t going to recover as fast as broiler, consumers may have to wait for a few weeks for prices to ease.

Cash Crunch: Measuring the impact of notebandi on domestic agricultural markets
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

First-ever comprehensive study pegs produce trade losses in mandis from demonetisation at 7-15%.

Delhi air pollution: A (crop) burning issue, and the way out
Fri, Nov 10, 2017

Delhi air pollution: The current smog and poor air quality in the National Capital Region has been blamed in part on stubble burning by farmers, especially in neighbouring Punjab and Haryana. What is the genesis of the problem? What are its potential solutions?

Rural incomes: Why farm prices are now more prone to falling than to rising
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

The transition from a regime of ‘downward stickiness’ to ‘upward stickiness’ has relevance beyond economic jargon. Here’s how

Tech me to the new world
Sat, Nov 04, 2017

Chemical fertiliser application, too, was hardly 40,000 tonnes a year in nutrient terms, while artificial insemination didn’t extend beyond trials at the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly.

Value destruction: UP farmers gift potatoes to cold stores
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

Over 30% of old crop still to be sold even as plantings for new season nears completion.

Eye on farmer unrest, govt sheds NDA-I’s cautious line and hikes crop MSP
Sat, Oct 28, 2017

The latest rise in wheat MSP is the highest since the Rs 150-per-quintal hike effected over a decade ago in 2005-06 and 2006-07 during the Congress-led UPA-I government.

With 20% of agriculture output value, milk overtakes foodgrains
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

Today, not only does the White Revolution’s contribution to farm incomes surpass that of the Green Revolution, but every fifth rupee generated in the farm sector — which includes the total output value of crops livestock produce and fisheries  — comes from milk.

Plant protection: Meeting pesticide residue challenge in basmati – by breeding for resistance
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

The most recent example is of Tricyclazole. A single 120-gram spray of this common fungicide, against leaf and neck blast disease in paddy, hardly costs Rs 150-170 per acre.

Beyond The News: What rising imports at a time of declining manufacturing indicate
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

Data sets read together suggest demonetisation broke domestic supply chains, and disruption caused by GST compounded problems; meanwhile, with remonetisation, demand rose, and was met by imports.

A brief history of money
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Diwali is an ode to happiness, hope and homecoming, but it’s also a prayer for wealth and well-being. In this special issue, we look at the centrality of finance in our lives. But, first, a brief history of money.

A normal but good-in-parts monsoon
Thu, Oct 05, 2017

The focus of worry has, instead, now shifted to Madhya Pradesh. Both west and east MP had received good first-half monsoon rainfall — 4.3 per cent above LPA for the former and only 2 per cent below for the latter.

Sharp spike in buffalo meat export via south ports raises beef question
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

The current rules mandate every meat export consignment to be subjected to microbiological tests, with a health certificate issued by a veterinary doctor from the concerned state animal husbandry department.

Grey Market: When nearly a million Indian farmers plant ‘unapproved’ GM cotton
Thu, Sep 28, 2017

Seed companies have sold an estimated 35 lakh packets of illegal herbicide-tolerant hybrid seed worth Rs 450 crore this kharif season.

Ice-cream industry demand lowering of 18 per cent GST rate
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

Ice-cream previously attracted 2 per cent Central excise without Cenvat credit and 14.5 per cent value-added tax in most states, adding up to 16.5 per cent.

Unlike 2008-09, govt’s ‘stimulus’ plan may face FPI hurdle this time
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

Any deviation from fiscal and monetary prudence not likely to go down well with investors

Back to controls: Going against the grain of liberalisation
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

The central bank’s inflation targeting has aggravated an already existing anti-farmer policy bias.

NDA vs NDA: Three paradoxes in the economy today
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

Some remarkable similarities exist between the current economic situation and the one that prevailed in the years when the first NDA government under Vajpayee was in power. What stand out more today, however, are the seeming paradoxes in market and investor behaviours, and in trends of slowing growth and the strengthening rupee. How are they to be explained?

Patchy monsoon clouds prospects for bumper harvest repeat this year
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Although the country as a whole received four per cent and 1.7 per cent above-average rainfall in June and July, respectively, the Deep South belt — covering much of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala — experienced a dry spell, coming on top of last year’s drought/near-drought conditions.

Distress in farms: GDP data confirms deflation is here
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

Agriculture growth lower in ‘nominal’ than ‘real’ terms during Apr-June quarter

Cane dues at Rs 2K crore-plus even after 5 months of Yogi Adityanath govt
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Significantly, 19 mills belonging to the UP Cooperative Sugar Factories Federation — effectively controlled by the state government — also have outstanding cane dues of Rs 398.98 crore.

A tough balancing act: The new bitter North-South divide in India’s sugar industry
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Cane-starved southern mills want duty-free raw sugar imports, which the industry particularly in UP is bound to resist

How technology can deliver freedom from male calf
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

Sexed semen technology is about preselecting the sex of offspring by sorting or separating the X-sperms from Y-sperms. The aim is to deliver freedom from male calves, by ensuring that cows are inseminated by semen containing only X-chromosome-bearing sperms.

Weak govt finger on the pulse: Dal pinches for farmers
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

The woes of pulses farmers and traders like Kagi can be put down to all-time-high imports of 6.6 mt (valued at Rs 28,524.05 crore) on top of a record domestic production of 22.4 mt in 2016-17 — made worse by the weak, behind-the-curve policy response whether to do with trade or stockholding restrictions.

B R Barwale, 1931 – 2017: The engine oil dealer who fathered India’s seed industry
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

Today, the estimated annual turnover of the Indian private seed industry is around Rs 13,000 crore, coming mainly from cotton (Rs 4,000 crore), vegetables (Rs 3,000 crore) and maize (Rs 1,500).