Ashok Gulati

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

From Plate to Plough: Agri-futures, like China
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

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.

From Plate to Plough: Onion tears and how to wipe them
Mon, Nov 20, 2017

Onion farmers have suffered even in a bumper crop year. Needed: Scientific storage facilities, a judicious trade policy.

From plate to plough: Farm to distant shores
Mon, Nov 06, 2017

India can be competitive in cereals, pulses and oilseeds trade if policymakers invest in creating value chains. Policies that restrict exports should go

Innovators, not pirates
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

India must curb intellectual property rights violations, like the one on herbicide tolerant Bt cotton, in order to become an innovation hub.

From Plate to Plough: What Gujarat did yesterday
Mon, Oct 09, 2017

The state extended the best technologies to farmers, gave them access to markets. It’s a model the country can learn from today.

A sketchy roadmap
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

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

From plate to plough: No feel for the pulse
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

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.

From plate to plough: Tall tales for farmers
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

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.

From plate to plough: Plan for the agri-futures
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

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.

From plate to plough: Everybody loves a good crop
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

The states need to pull up their socks, make farmers stakeholders, to ensure success of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana

From Plate to Plough: Lessons for the field
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

Diversification is essential to making Punjab a star performer in agriculture once again

Irrigation tips from an arid country
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Israel should build on the partnership between the two countries in water management

From Plate to plough: Why bumper harvests spell doom
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

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

From plate to plough: Farm and the tax
Mon, Jun 05, 2017

A smooth GST regime can break inter-state barriers on movement and facilitate direct linkages between processors and farmers

From plate to plough: An unfulfilled farm manifesto
Mon, May 22, 2017

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

A mantra for Yogi
Mon, May 08, 2017

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.

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.