Harish Damodaran


IARI breeds nutrient-rich hybrid maize
Thu, Oct 18, 2018

The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) here has bred a hybrid maize — Pusa Vivek QPM 9 Improved — that is claimed to be the world’s first ever rich in lysine and tryptophan as well as pro-vitamin A.

Call the bond bluff
Mon, Oct 15, 2018

Government and RBI should pay little attention to the demand of bond vigilantes to hike rates

To end UPA freeze on Bt brinjal, regulator looks at Bangladesh
Sun, Oct 14, 2018

The GEAC has decided to write to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) “to obtain relevant information and data on the post commercial release effects of Bt Brinjal in Bangladesh from Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI)”.

Feet of clay
Wed, Oct 10, 2018

How top-down decision-making, delusions of grandeur led a strong government to poor decisions

The economics of long-run growth, in tech innovation and climate change
Tue, Oct 09, 2018

Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in memory of Alfred Nobel: The two men awarded have been obsessed with economic growth and human welfare outcomes over decades, or even centuries.

What new Rabi MSPs don’t factor in: Actual price hikes for diesel, other inputs
Fri, Oct 05, 2018

For the upcoming 2018-19 rabi planting season, the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) in the Agriculture Ministry has computed the all-India average A2+FL production costs for six crops: wheat, barley, chana (chickpea), masur (lentil), rapeseed-mustard and safflower.

Eye on state polls, ear to protests, government hikes MSPs for rabi crops
Thu, Oct 04, 2018

The latest MSP hike takes the total increase during the current NDA government’s tenure from 2014-15 to 2018-19 to Rs 440 per quintal for wheat and Rs 425-440 per quintal for paddy.

Bearish signals: When minimum support price is only on paper
Thu, Oct 04, 2018

For the Modi government and farmers, it’s not MSPs for rabi, but below-MSP rates for kharif crops now being marketed, that should really worry.

How will mills crush in the next season?
Thu, Sep 13, 2018

With raising working capital from banks going to pose a huge challenge, it leaves the only one possibility — of farmers offering their cane on credit and millers paying them as and when the sugar processed from it gets sold.

Cane dilemma: No sweet alternatives here
Thu, Sep 13, 2018

The Centre has no time to lose to address an unprecedented sugar glut ahead of the next crushing season — in an election year.

Uttar Pradesh readies Rs 5,535-crore package to clear cane dues to farmers
Tue, Sep 11, 2018

The Rs 5,535-crore amount would include Rs 1,010 crore to be disbursed to 24 cooperative factories and Rs 25 crore to the sole state corporation-owned mill.

Diesel pain erodes MSP gains for farmers
Thu, Sep 06, 2018

It is not only diesel but also fertilisers and pesticides that have become almost 25 per cent costlier for farmers in the last one year.

Growth fails to lift farm fortunes
Sat, Sep 01, 2018

The fact of farm prices rising at a slower pace than general inflation probably explains the spurt in agrarian unrest, particularly visible since April-June 2017.

Two prime ministers, two nation builders
Wed, Aug 22, 2018

Jawaharlal Nehru and Atal Bihari Vajpayee stewarded projects that defied the constraints of their times, and have become markers of India’s modernity.

Only 23% of rural income from farming, reveals NABARD 2016-17 survey
Sun, Aug 19, 2018

According to the survey, whose reference period is 2015-16, the average net monthly income of Indian rural households — after deducting expenses incurred in the course of economic activity — was Rs 8,059.

Vajpayee’s rural push: From Kisan cards to roads
Fri, Aug 17, 2018

Till the advent of KCC, farmers had to apply for fresh loans ahead of every cropping season.

Punjab: Farmers take to rearing male buffalo calves — only to sell for meat
Tue, Sep 11, 2018

The last 2012 Livestock Census showed India’s total male buffalo population at 16.10 million, as against 92.60 million females.

As global prices soar, farmers pay more for fertilisers
Thu, Aug 09, 2018

Double whammy on top of costlier diesel neutralises MSP hike benefits

A roller-coaster ride
Thu, Aug 02, 2018

Agricultural exports from India have started picking up again, which is good news for farmers

Kharif planting lags despite MSP hikes, normal monsoon
Sat, Jul 28, 2018

One reason for the MSPs not having the desired impact could be the delayed announcement. Farmers usually make sowing decisions before the onset of the monsoon.