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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Harish Damodaran


Explained: The cost of guaranteed MSP
Sat, Jan 23, 2021

Apart from repeal of farm laws, farmers are demanding guaranteed minimum support prices, which have no legal backing. A look at what the implications would be if the govt did provide the guarantee

Milk prices defy seasonal trend as supply pressures build
Fri, Jan 22, 2021

On Tuesday, skim milk powder (SMP) prices at Global Dairy Trade (GDT), the fortnightly auction platform of New Zealand’s Fonterra Cooperative, averaged $3,243 per tonne, the highest since the $3,264 of August 5, 2014.

In western UP, farmers are angry, tractors get ready for R-day protest
Tue, Jan 19, 2021

Bottled-up anger against unpaid cane dues, stagnant prices and increase in input costs is now finding expression in the fight against "kaale kanoon".

First rice, now wheat: India rides on global grain trade bandwagon
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Tuesday upped its forecast of Indian wheat exports for 2020-21 (July-June) to 1.8 million tonnes (mt), as against its earlier estimate of one mt. That would be the highest ever in the last six years

Bird flu triggers fresh fears, prices of chicken, eggs crash
Tue, Jan 12, 2021

Since last Wednesday, when reports of deaths of birds from the disease started coming in, farmgate prices of broiler chicken have crashed from around Rs 82 to Rs 58 per kg in Maharashtra, Rs 94 to Rs 65 in Gujarat, and Rs 80 to Rs 70 in Tamil Nadu.

Across farm commodities: Growth silver lining but food inflation may be dark cloud
Sat, Jan 09, 2021

FAO's global food price index has hit the highest since November 2014.

Role of agriculture: Why this economic slump is different from past ones
Mon, Jan 11, 2021

It isn’t just the bigger decline in GVA/GDP this time that is striking. Equally significant is the fact that in each of those four previous years, the primary culprit was agriculture.

East of Delhi, the other protest: UP’s sugarcane farmers awaiting dues
Thu, Jan 07, 2021

Non-payment of last season’s dues and no SAP being declared for 2020-21, with more than two months of crushing over, can emerge as a potential flashpoint in the ongoing farmers’ agitation.

Explained: Why, despite Covid, negative GDP growth, forex reserves soared $103 billion in April-December
Tue, Jan 05, 2021

Set to cross all-time-high increase of $110.5 billion recorded in 2007-08.

What made Centre change its approach from incentivising states to forcing down reforms?
Tue, Dec 29, 2020

The Centre is within its rights to enact laws promoting barrier-free trade of farm produce (inter- as well as intra-state) and also dismantling stockholding restrictions. But that can be only after the farmer has sold.

Explained: How can Punjab achieve crop diversification?
Mon, Dec 21, 2020

The farmer protests have led to questions being raised on the extensive cultivation of paddy and wheat, especially in Punjab. How much of these crops is grown, and what are the options for diversification?

Explained: Lay of their land
Fri, Dec 18, 2020

Today, the government does not feel the need to buy much from Punjab. Economists, too, see it as an unnecessary fiscal burden.

Farmers’ concern: ‘Will lose land to corporates because of the new laws’
Sun, Dec 13, 2020

With farmers rejecting the government’s offer and deciding to continue their protest against the farm laws, The Sunday Express meets some of the farmers camping at Delhi’s borders, and visits their families and farms back home, to find a shared concern — a sense of despair over falling crop prices.

Effect of new slaughter laws: cattle numbers fall in BJP-ruled states
Tue, Dec 15, 2020

If the stated objective behind enacting an anti-slaughter legislation is “preservation of cattle”, that message is clearly not being heeded by farmers.

Explained: Who are arhtiyas, also part of the farmers’ protest? What is their role?
Tue, Dec 15, 2020

Commission agents play a complex and important role in the agri economy. Their role also differs from state to state — which explains why Punjab-Haryana farmers are at the forefront of the ongoing protest.

Real power is with Centre, which holds the purse-strings in these fiscally-challenging times
Sat, Dec 05, 2020

Post 2014, two centralisations — of political and economic power — continue to reinforce each other, with profound consequences for the country and potential to define popular narrative in days ahead.

Barring MSP, Centre is open to rolling back 3 key provisions of farm law
Thu, Dec 10, 2020

Farmers' protest Explained: These sections represent the heart of the APMC bypass legislation. Their amendment tantamounts to rollback.

Talks with Centre: Wheat sowing over, farmers have free time to continue agitation
Wed, Dec 02, 2020

The "free time" is something the government may not have fully anticipated. The timing of the capital siege and ability to stay put for at least the next few weeks could well work to the protesters’ advantage.

Explained: The concerns of farmers, and what Centre can negotiate to end protests
Thu, Dec 31, 2020

Farmers' protest: Much of the opposition is to just one of the three new laws. It is the FPTC Act and its provisions that are seen as weakening the APMC mandis.

UP cane farmers look at pay hurdle as mills say crushing more, getting less sugar
Wed, Nov 25, 2020

Mills in the state have so far crushed 86.187 lakh tonnes (lt) of cane and produced 8.018 lt sugar at an average recovery rate of 9.30 per cent in the current season.

Govt incentives across sectors but bitter reality check for sugar
Tue, Nov 17, 2020

Mills are yet to get over Rs 5,000 crore of export assistance payments announced more than a year ago

Rs 65,000 crore booster for fertiliser industry, to help clear subsidy dues
Fri, Nov 13, 2020

Fertiliser companies were owed around Rs 48,000 crore subsidy dues at the start of the current fiscal.

Explained: In a mirror of economy, agricultural exports grow amid overall decline
Mon, Nov 09, 2020

Commodity-wise foreign trade data from the department of commerce shows exports of farm goods from India during April-September at $18.12 billion, 4.6% higher than the $17.32 billion for the first half of 2019-20.

An offshoot of maize spurt in Bihar: a warehouse boom
Mon, Nov 09, 2020

Since 2013-14, grain storage capacity has gone up from 3-4 lakh tonnes to 13

Bihar’s old industrial capital scripts silent revival story
Tue, Nov 03, 2020

Barauni has a new urea plant being built, refinery and power plant expansions, and a dedicated dairy for indigenous milk sweets.