Ashok Gulati


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

From Plate to Plough: Drowning in sweetness
Tue, Sep 18, 2018

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
Mon, Sep 03, 2018

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
Thu, Aug 23, 2018

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
Mon, Aug 20, 2018

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

From Plate to Plough: Timidity and technology
Mon, Aug 06, 2018

Vajpayee government’s decision to introduce GM cotton made India a leader in production of the crop. Can the Modi government give a green signal to improve varieties of GM cotton and Bt brinjal and GM mustard?

From Plate to Plough: The limits of MSP
Mon, Jul 23, 2018

Instead of fiddling with procurement prices, government must devise an income policy for farmers.

Resolving the farmer-consumer binary
Mon, Jul 09, 2018

Reforms to domestic market regulations and direct benefit transfers for vulnerable sections of the population could be the win-win solution.

From plate to plough: Not all milk and honey
Mon, Jun 25, 2018

Only 21 per cent of India’s milk production gets processed through the organised sector and the rest passes through unorganised small players. And that’s where the crisis is most intense.

From Plate to Plough: Why farmers agitate
Mon, Jun 11, 2018

An efficient and sustainable solution for better prices really lies in ‘getting the markets right’ by overhauling the agri-marketing infrastructure and its associated laws.

From Plate to Plough: Pieces of a market
Mon, May 28, 2018

A single national agriculture market, promised by the BJP in its 2014 manifesto, remains a pipe dream. Can the government reform the broken APMC structure in the last year of its term?

From Plate to Plough: Premium delayed, farmer denied
Mon, May 14, 2018

Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana does not inspire confidence of farmers. They have to wait for months, sometimes years to get compensation.

From Plate to Plough: Four years of neglecting farmers
Sun, May 13, 2018

Government is nowhere close to fulfilling the promises made in BJP’s 2014 manifesto — profitability of cultivation has fallen and dominance of Food Corporation of India continues.

From Plate to Plough: Freeing the farm
Mon, Apr 16, 2018

Raising agricultural exports requires the government to unburden policy of consumer bias. A balance should be struck between meeting the needs of food-insecure consumers and income-insecure farmers.

From Plate to Plough: The right agri-support
Mon, Apr 02, 2018

Schemes to ensure that farmers get fair returns will come a croppper unless trade and tariffs are synced with minimum support prices.

Band aid after the long march
Wed, Mar 14, 2018

Loan waivers and increased MSP will provide temporary relief to Maharashtra farmers. The state needs to explore alternative cropping patterns, modes of irrigation.

From Plate To Plough: Getting realistic about farm incomes
Tue, Mar 06, 2018

Unless government takes bold decisions on agri-markets, reducing production costs and increasing demand, its goal to double farmers’ incomes by 2022 will remain a pipe-dream.

From Plate To Plough: A vision coloured green
Mon, Feb 19, 2018

Operation Greens must build forward and backward linkages between farmers and markets. It can learn from Operation Flood.

From plate to plough: The MSP smokescreen
Tue, Feb 06, 2018

Government’s claim that it has given support prices that are 50 per cent over input costs to farmers is a sleight of hand. Tall talk could increase farmer resentment

From Plate to Plough: How to help the farmer
Mon, Jan 29, 2018

Price deficiency payment schemes in Madhya Pradesh and Haryana do not cover farmers’ losses. Telangana’s input support scheme deserves nation-wide emulation.

From Plate to Plough: Challenges from the farm
Tue, Jan 16, 2018

Doubling farmers’ income by 2022 will require the Modi government to do much better than it has done in the past four years. The present government lags behind its predecessors in agricultural growth.