Ashok Gulati

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

Articles By Ashok Gulati

From Plate to Plough: Promises to the farmers

Whichever party comes to power at the Centre, India is making a policy shift to direct income support.

This election, the crux of the debate should be on improving people’s welfare

Both BJP’s PM Kisan and Congress’s Nyay acknowledge that small and marginal farmers and bottom 20 per cent of population have not benefited from current policies. But both schemes raise further questions.

From plate to plough: Fielding the right incentives

Income support under PM-Kisan is only one small step. It must be complemented by large-scale reforms in agri-marketing and trade policies.

From plate to plough: No achhe din for the farmer

When it comes to agriculture growth, the NDA government compares poorly with its immediate predecessor. The next government must initiate structural reforms, set realistic targets

From plate to plough: A race to atone for neglect of the farmer

But last-minute attempts, ahead of elections, are no substitute for the structural reforms and investments needed in the agriculture sector.

No budget for farmers

Direct income support for farmers is too late, too little

Taxed through trade policies, farmers need stable income policy

Implicitly taxed through restrictive marketing and trade policies, farmers need a stable income policy.

An answer to rural distress

An income transfer policy combined with direct cash transfer is the best way to help the farmer

From plate to plough: If you want to help farmers

Loan waivers are poll bait. What is needed is a structured and stable income support policy.

Fields of ferment

Why assembly election verdicts should occasion a rethink on loan waivers, MSP raises

Quick fix for the farmer

In the absence of patience and vision, the loan waiver remains the most favoured response to farm distress

From plate to plough: Perils of over promising

Manifesto pledges to raise farmers’ incomes and increase MSPs take away focus from the structural reforms that are urgently required.

From Plate to Plough: Less crop per drop

Maharashtra needs to urgently address gross inequity in irrigation water distribution to deal with drought situations.

From Plate to Plough: Sardar’s unfinished task

The real tribute to Patel would be to carry out large-scale structural reforms in agri-markets to ensure that a higher percentage of the consumer’s rupee goes to farmers.

From food security to nutrition security

Biotechnology can be a game-changer in the battle against malnutrition in much the same way that the Green Revolution was in ensuring self sufficiency.

From Plate to Plough: Get smarter on the farm

Supporting agriculture through input subsidies is the ‘dumb’ approach. Priority must now be given to investment in the sector and ensuring farmers have access to the latest technologies.

From Plate to Plough: Drowning in sweetness

The sugar industry faces a crisis of plenty. Unless bold steps are taken quickly, it can prove costly to the Modi government.

From Plate to Plough: Maharashtra vs Market

State’s decision to make MSP mandatory for traders will lead to chaos. The way forward is to treat farmers as businessmen and facilitate an environment in which they can flourish.

How to pay a fitting tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s decision to allow cultivation of Bt cotton was transformative. Modi government must fulfill his vision by enlarging the scope of biotechnology in agriculture.

From Plate to Plough: Lean year as a foundation

NABARD’s new survey offers a baseline to double farmers’ incomes. But is a survey done in a drought year a reliable yardstick?