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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Ashok Gulati


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

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.

With little allocation for agriculture, budget sends a worrying signal
Sat, Jul 06, 2019

One notable thing was the absence of emphasis on doubling farmers’ real incomes by 2022. Perhaps the reality that this is an uphill task has dawned on the government — it may not achieve even half the target.

From Plate to Plough: A farm question for Modi 2.0
Mon, Jun 24, 2019

Can India emerge as a leader in bio-farm technologies, including GMO?

From Plate to Plough: The farm-factory connect
Mon, Jun 10, 2019

Raising farm productivity is the first step to increasing rural demand and reviving the manufacturing sector

With victory in his pocket, what should PM Narendra Modi deliver to the nation?
Mon, May 27, 2019

Agri-marketing reforms should be the top priority in the government’s agriculture agenda. Three years have passed and one does not see any acceleration in farmers’ incomes compared to the trend line of 3.7 per cent during 2002-03 to 2015-16.

For all their talk on agriculture, BJP, Congress show they have not learnt from past failures
Mon, May 13, 2019

Elections are all about grabbing power. It is only coincidence that every party promises to serve the poor!

From Plate to Plough: Cow and cane
Mon, Apr 29, 2019

Farm distress, particularly the stray cattle menace and the crisis in livestock sector, and mounting sugarcane arrears could dampen the BJP’s performance in UP.