Ashok Gulati

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

Articles By Ashok Gulati

From Plate to Plough: The right to choose

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

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

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

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

From Plate to Plough: A win-win deal

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

On the water front

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

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

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

From Plate to Plough: The farm-factory connect

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?

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

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

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.

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