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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Ashok Gulati


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

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.

From Plate to Plough: Promises to the farmers
Mon, Apr 15, 2019

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
Tue, Apr 02, 2019

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
Mon, Mar 18, 2019

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
Mon, Mar 04, 2019

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
Tue, Feb 19, 2019

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
Sat, Feb 02, 2019

Direct income support for farmers is too late, too little

Taxed through trade policies, farmers need stable income policy
Mon, Jan 21, 2019

Implicitly taxed through restrictive marketing and trade policies, farmers need a stable income policy.

An answer to rural distress
Mon, Jan 07, 2019

An income transfer policy combined with direct cash transfer is the best way to help the farmer

From plate to plough: If you want to help farmers
Mon, Dec 24, 2018

Loan waivers are poll bait. What is needed is a structured and stable income support policy.