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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Ashok Gulati

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

We can defeat the virus. All of us must put shoulders to the wheel
Mon, May 10, 2021

The national leadership needs to set up a war room comprising top medical experts and corporate leaders to ramp up supplies of oxygen and necessary drugs and mobilise logistics to deliver these to last mile.

Government must think out-of-the-box for a special package for migrants
Mon, Apr 26, 2021

Existing government programmes cannot provide gainful employment opportunities to migrants at their native places.

As Covid cases rise, can India protect its most vulnerable?
Mon, Apr 12, 2021

With Covid’s second wave assuming alarming proportions, it’s high time there is a meaningful action plan, based on robust data, to alleviate the problems of migrants.

Make every drop of water count for sustainable agriculture
Mon, Mar 29, 2021

Technological solutions to make rice and sugarcane cultivators use water more sustainably can work if there are right incentives, and agri-input pricing is on the right track.

A high growth plan for Indian agriculture
Mon, Mar 15, 2021

It requires a diversified approach that takes into account peculiarities and constraints of states, investment in infrastructure and linking farmer producer groups with markets.

For Operation Green to deliver, experience of raising milk production in Operation Flood can prove beneficial
Mon, Mar 01, 2021

A closer examination of the scheme in terms of achieving its objectives of price stabilisation, reveals that Operation Green is in slow motion, and nowhere near achieving its objectives.

Agri-market freedom, water accounting could address few problems of agriculture in India
Mon, Feb 15, 2021

Free power, highly subsidised urea and open-ended procurement have become a deadly cocktail that are eating away the natural wealth of Punjab.

In agriculture, R&D needs attention, subsidy bias must be corrected
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

Overall, the expenditure on agri-R&D needs to be doubled or even tripled in next three years, if growth in agriculture has to provide food security at a national level and subsidies on food and fertilisers need to be contained.

Crop diversification policy must address nutritional challenges, bring agriculture in sync with environmental demands
Mon, Jan 18, 2021

An optimal agri-food policy should look at issues pertinent to not only the short run but also try to address medium to long-term challenges.

To help farmers, right approach is through Farmer Producer Organisations, not APMC mandis
Mon, Jan 04, 2021

The art of policymaking is to balance the interest of producers and consumers within reasonable financial resources.

WTO rulebook must evolve to support food security, rural livelihoods in developing countries
Mon, Dec 21, 2020

For this to happen, political leadership is needed to help rebuild trust among countries on trade and food security after the disruption caused by US-China trade tensions, and the inconclusive outcome of the WTO’s 2018 ministerial conference in Buenos Aires.

Punjab needs a package to help it diversify output, overcome MSP trap
Mon, Dec 07, 2020

Can the Centre and the Punjab government join hands to find a sustainable solution to farmers’ incomes and also save depleting water, soil, and air? Only then can they make Punjab great again.

Centre must carefully consider options, close communication gap with farmers
Wed, Dec 02, 2020

This communication gap was fully exploited by some political parties and social activists, who themselves are facing an existentialist threat and believe that the Narendra Modi government can do no good for this country.

Regime of subsidies is the main reason why there is stubble in the first place
Mon, Nov 23, 2020

The irony of agricultural pollution is that taxpayers are essentially paying for it through a system of subsidies that actually motivates the very behaviours that drive the agricultural emissions that they breathe.

Restore agriculture’s broken link with nutrition. That is solution to India’s hidden hunger
Mon, Nov 09, 2020

Food staples are not dense on minerals and vitamins, but they do provide a broad range of essential minerals and vitamins — a base which needs to be strengthened by non-staple foods.

Challenges to farm bills harken to socialist era, attempt to undo agriculture’s 1991 moment
Mon, Oct 26, 2020

Patience and professionalism will bring rich rewards in due course, not noisy politics.

We need laws that give farmers more space to sell their produce — new farm laws fit this bill
Mon, Oct 12, 2020

More sustainable solutions lie in augmenting productivity, diversifying to high-value crops, and shifting people out of agriculture to high productivity jobs elsewhere. But no one talked about these during these agitations.

On farm bills, government must get its act together, but Opposition is misguided
Mon, Sep 28, 2020

The Congress is leading the charge. But its manifesto for the 2019 general election said, “Congress will repeal the Agricultural Produce Market Committee Act and make trade in agricultural produce — including exports and inter-state trade — free from all restrictions”.

Challenge to nurture India has become bigger with the outbreak of COVID-19
Mon, Sep 14, 2020

For “POSHAN Maah” to contribute towards the holistic nourishment of children and a malnutrition free India by 2030, the government needs to address the multi-dimensional determinants of malnutrition on an urgent basis.

Tractor industry should be facilitated to use digital tools to benefit small farmers
Mon, Aug 31, 2020

The “Uberisation model” could make tractor services perfectly divisible, accessible and affordable even by small holders without owning the machine.

New agriculture infrastructure fund is a major step forward. Policymakers must have stable policies for them
Mon, Aug 17, 2020

The bottom line is that India needs to not only spatially integrate its agri-markets (one nation, one market) but also integrate them temporally — spot and futures markets have to converge.

Standing up to China will require not only matching its military might but also economic prowess
Mon, Aug 03, 2020

Major rationalisation and pruning of subsidies can go a long way in financing a development plan for eastern India as well as the new demands for reinforcing defence in the wake of Chinese aggression.

In agri-inputs, govt should free private sector from unnecessary controls and regulation
Mon, Jul 20, 2020

The private sector is our strength. The only thing the government has to do is to unshackle them from the chains of controls and webs of unnecessary regulations. They will make an Atmanirbhar Bharat.

Aatmanirbhar in agriculture will require incentives for export of high-value agri-produce
Mon, Jul 06, 2020

On the agri-imports front, the biggest item is edible oils — worth about $10 billion (more than 15 mt). This is where there is a need to create “aatma nirbharta”, not by levying high import duties, but by creating a competitive advantage through augmenting productivity and increasing the recovery ratio of oil from oilseeds.

Offloading excess foodgrain stocks through open market operations will generate much-needed resources for govt
Mon, Jun 22, 2020

Let the Modi government listen to its own chief economic advisor, what his team had to say in The Economic Survey: Reduce the coverage under PDS; link issue price to at least half of the procurement price; and move gradually towards cash transfers.

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