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Ashok Gulati


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

Rope in civil society to ease supply of food
Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Retail distribution lines need to be seamlessly linked to wholesale supply lines.

Growth and the farmer: Consumer bias in food policy reduces incentives for farmers
Mon, Mar 16, 2020

Montek Singh Ahluwalia’s book helps frame the problem: Tilt in favour of consumer in food policy reduces incentives for farmers, makes it difficult to unlock resources for growth.

To ensure good health by 2023, focus on agriculture, sanitation, women education
Mon, Mar 02, 2020

Global experience shows that with the right public policies focusing on agriculture, improved sanitation, and women’s education, one can have much better health and well-being for its citizens, especially children.

Union budget missed opportunity to undertake reforms in grain management system and food security act
Mon, Feb 17, 2020

If there is one thing that bewilders a reader of the Union budget for 2020-21 in the agri-food space, it is the massive reduction in food subsidy.

Examining the FM’s plan to double farmers’ income in two years
Sun, Feb 02, 2020

The FM’s other ideas for agriculture, especially on Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF), which she repeated this year, need to be tested before it becomes a national policy.

Move to cash transfers will lead to savings, put agriculture on sustainable growth path
Mon, Jan 20, 2020

All such investments will go a long way to augment farmers’ incomes in a sustainable manner. Else, I am afraid, much of the talk in the Union budget for agri-reforms will remain mere rhetoric.

Reform of grain management system could free up resources for infra investment
Mon, Jan 06, 2020

The massive accumulation of grain stocks is the result of a very inefficient strategy for food management wherein the procurement for wheat and rice (paddy) remains open-ended, but the disbursal of those stocks remains largely restricted to PDS.

Storage facilities for rabi onions must be created on a massive scale
Mon, Dec 23, 2019

It is time to wake up from the onion nightmare and work towards more sustainable solutions, rather than knee-jerk measures.

Under Sharad Pawar, Maharashtra can frame an agricultural policy that serves as a lighthouse for other states
Mon, Dec 09, 2019

Maharashtra’s farmers need a new deal. A task force must be set up under the NCP chief

All crop loans should be routed through Kisan Credit Cards to ensure farmers don’t use loans for non-agricultural purposes
Mon, Nov 25, 2019

Streamlining the agri-credit system to facilitate higher crop loans to farmer-producer organisations against commodity stocks can be a win-win model to spur agriculture growth.

Cash incentives must be given to paddy growers to shift to corn
Mon, Nov 11, 2019

Paddy stubble burning in states neighbouring Delhi, especially Punjab, is being seen as one of the reasons for the smog in the national capital. Change to a less water-guzzling crop will help address stubble burning.

Market incentives, direct income support for farmers are far more effective in increasing agricultural productivity
Thu, Oct 31, 2019

India can learn three lessons from China — investing more in agri-R&D and innovations, improving incentives for farmers by carrying out agri-marketing reforms, and collapsing input subsidies into direct income support on per hectare basis.

Govt needs to find sustainable solution for price stabilisation of Tomatoes-onions-potatoes
Mon, Oct 14, 2019

Tomatoes-onions-potatoes (TOP) are the three basic vegetables that face extreme price volatility and the government often finds itself on the edge in fulfilling its dual objectives of ensuring remunerative prices for farmers and affordable prices for consumers.

From Plate to Plough: Wipe away the onion tears
Mon, Sep 30, 2019

The government's concern over spike in onion prices is justified. But the policy instruments it is using won't solve the problem.

From Plate to Plough: The right to choose
Mon, Sep 16, 2019

Government could give fertiliser subsidy directly to farmers and let them decide if they want to practise zero budget natural farming or use chemical-fertilisers.

Arun Jaitley, the farmers’ finance minister
Mon, Sep 02, 2019

Arun Jaitley hoped to transform agri-markets, subsidy structures. Implementing these ideas would be a fitting tribute to him.

High powered commitee for transformation of agriculture should reform restrictive tenancy laws
Mon, Aug 19, 2019

Transforming agriculture in the medium to long run requires fundamental reforms in land institutions as well. This is what is missing in the new committee’s terms of reference.

From Plate to Plough: In the shade of solar trees
Mon, Aug 05, 2019

Helping farmers produce solar energy can help realise the government’s target of doubling farmers’ incomes.

From Plate to Plough: A win-win deal
Mon, Jul 22, 2019

Replacing subsidies with direct cash transfers to farmers’ accounts will empower them as well as consumers.

On the water front
Tue, Jul 09, 2019

Farmers can be given monetary rewards for saving electricity and water. Water-guzzling crops need to shift to geographically sustainable areas.