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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Ashok Gulati


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

Explained: Why ban of wheat exports is knee-jerk reaction, hits farmers and dents policy credibility
Tue, May 17, 2022

The government could have announced a bonus of Rs 200-250/quintal on top of MSP to augment its wheat procurement.

Wheat export ban is a knee jerk reaction
Sat, May 14, 2022

It exposes hollowness of the government’s agri-trade policies, unlikely to tame inflation at home.

How to tackle food inflation – and how not to
Mon, May 09, 2022

Ashok Gulati and Ritika Juneja write: Fear mongering over wheat production must not push the government towards an export ban, especially on cereals the prices of which are at an all-time high

Why reforming the system of free food is necessary
Mon, Apr 25, 2022

Ashok Gulati and Ritika Juneja write: Given the level of freebies on just one item, the important question that arises is: Can this be a sustainable path towards poverty alleviation?

How to turnaround Punjab’s agriculture
Mon, Apr 11, 2022

Ashok Gulati, Bharat Sharma and Purvi Thangaraj write: State must address depleting groundwater and encourage diversification away from paddy

Budgeting for a well-fed, self-reliant India
Mon, Mar 28, 2022

Just as in the defence sector, India needs to reorient its approach to agricultural self-reliance with a great focus on R&D

Ukraine invasion, global wheat supply and India’s opportunity
Mon, Mar 14, 2022

Increasing wheat exports will not only reduce its food subsidy bill, but also compensate for the higher costs of imports of crude oil

With Russia-Ukraine conflict, comes inflation challenge
Mon, Feb 28, 2022

Prices must be prevented from surging upwards. This calls for reforming India’s grain management and food subsidy system

For ‘climate smart’ agriculture
Mon, Feb 14, 2022

There is a need to rethink power and fertiliser subsidies and reorient MSP and procurement policies towards minimising GHG emissions

What Indian agriculture needs from the budget
Mon, Jan 31, 2022

🔴 Slashing the subsidy bill on food and fertilisers, investment in research, efficiency in government expenditure can increase farmers’ incomes

In Punjab polls, an opportunity for agri-reform
Mon, Jan 17, 2022

Punjab needs to switch from supply-driven agriculture, based on wheat and rice, to a demand-driven system. Election manifestoes and campaigns could begin a much-needed conversation.

Don’t support minimum support prices
Tue, Jan 04, 2022

Legal MSP is an illogical, expensive and inefficient policy instrument

MSP for all crops is fiscally unfeasible
Mon, Dec 20, 2021

🔴 Ashok Gulati, Shweta Saini writes: It may be better to use an income policy to directly transfer money into farmers’ accounts.

Fresh air has become a luxury in Delhi
Tue, Dec 07, 2021

🔴 Ashok Gulati writes: Centre and states must work together to tackle the pollution in the National Capital Region

Economic, political implications of repeal of farm laws
Sun, Nov 21, 2021

Ashok Gulati writes: Reforms in agriculture could get stalled. The tryst with the laws should be a lesson to the ruling party about values of consultation and transparency.

Agritech startups have great potential in India
Tue, Nov 09, 2021

Ashok Gulati, Kavery Ganguly write: They can steer the shift from government-controlled agricultural markets towards more demand-driven digital markets

How Punjab can shine again with nutritional security and climate-friendly agriculture
Tue, Oct 26, 2021

Ashok Gulati, Ranjana Roy write: By shifting from rice to maize and diversifying to fruits and vegetables, farmers can earn more, while practicing sustainable farming

India needs a carbon policy for agriculture
Tue, Oct 12, 2021

Ashok Gulati, Purvi Thangaraj write: The share of agriculture in India’s total emissions has gradually declined. However, in absolute terms emissions from agriculture have increased to a level similar to China’s.

MSP is not the way to increase farmers’ income
Tue, Sep 28, 2021

Ashok Gulati, Ranjana Roy write: Augmenting farmers’ income will require investment in animal husbandry, fisheries and fruit and vegetable cultivation. Private sector needs to be incentivised to create value chains

Edible Oil Mission is a good idea. But more is needed
Tue, Sep 14, 2021

Ashok Gulati, Ritika Juneja write: The incentive structure that favours rice, wheat and sugar cultivation must be ended

Biofortified food can lead India from food security to nutrition security
Tue, Aug 31, 2021

Ashok Gulati, Ritika Juneja write: Access to nutritious food is only one of the determinants of nutrition. Other factors like access to safe drinking water and sanitation, immunisation and education, especially of women, are also important

We’ve achieved a lot since 1947. But there’s much to learn from our neighbours, especially China
Wed, Aug 18, 2021

Ashok Gulati, Ritika Juneja write: The focus of India’s economic policy has to be on quality education, skill development, and agriculture reforms

What India@75 needs: Education and skills, rather than freebies
Mon, Aug 02, 2021

Ashok Gulati writes: If India has been so successful in reducing poverty and improving food availability, why does it have to give almost free food to more than 800 million people under the National Food security Act?

What the new Ministry of Cooperation needs to achieve
Mon, Jul 19, 2021

Ashok Gulati writes: It must try to ensure professionalism in cooperatives and make them competitive

Why the dairy sector needs more private players
Mon, Jul 05, 2021

Ashok Gulati, Ayushi Khurana write: Milk cooperatives did a great job during ‘Operation Flood’. But it was the entry of the private sector that unleashed creativity and competition