Harish Damodaran


30 crore cattle and rising, but where are the country’s vets?
Mon, Dec 15, 2014

As veterinary graduates prefer govt jobs, pvt sector stares at a crisis

Crop area down, negative growth looms in farms
Sat, Dec 13, 2014

The rabi setback comes on top of a not-so-good kharif (summer-autumn) season that saw production declines in most crops, courtesy a poor south-west monsoon.

Oil companies to pay for ethanol boost to sugar industry
Fri, Dec 12, 2014

The new mechanism basically removes uncertainty with regard to both pricing and supply.

In tractor market ruled by Mahindra, Italy’s Same Deutz-Fahr looks to make a dent
Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Italian farm machinery maker Same Deutz-Fahr (SDF) plans to launch tractors in the 35 to 42 horsepower (HP) segment “designed and tailor-made for the Indian market”. The tractors — of 35, 40 and 42 HP and part of a new “3E-Series” — will be commercially sold to farmers from the next agricultural season beginning June […]

A new deal for the states
Wed, Dec 10, 2014

As states face a renewed fiscal crisis, the Modi government should shed Delhi’s old patronising ways, restructure states’ debt.

Why bond yields are falling despite no rate cuts from RBI
Fri, Dec 05, 2014

Yields on 10-year Government of India bonds have dropped to 7.97 per cent, below the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) benchmark “repo” rate of 8 per cent.

Andhra Pradesh government seeks more fiscal elbow room
Mon, Dec 01, 2014

The existing FRBM laws cap annual borrowings — that is, the gross fiscal deficit — to a maximum of 3 per cent of any state’s GDP.

Rate cut pressure on RBI: this time it’s the markets
Mon, Dec 01, 2014

The biggest driving factor behind the marked change in interest rate outlook in the last two months has been global oil prices.

PMO sets January 15 deadline for quantifying India’s farm subsidies
Fri, Nov 28, 2014

Move follows Indo-US deal "permanent solution" deal at WTO.

Hybrid seeds maker Monsanto bets big, this time on agriculture extension
Thu, Nov 27, 2014

It is this gap, arising from the government practically exiting farm extension activity, which MNCs like Monsanto are trying to fill. And it could, over time, be a paying proposition too.

A bitter sweet story
Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Our policymakers need to shift focus from sugar to cane. Or, the farmer will continue to pay the price.

Explained: Understanding the permanent solution at WTO
Mon, Nov 17, 2014

The deal is seen as a breakthrough, ending the impasse that had stalled the implementation of a landmark TFA hammered out at the WTO.

Behind tough talk, balancing at home
Fri, Nov 14, 2014

It is another thing, though, that this seemingly unstated policy is different from the language being spoken at the WTO.

Your food is not cheaper yet, but wait a while
Thu, Nov 13, 2014

Over the past week, The Indian Express has reported on a looming farm crisis as global agri product prices crash. So why aren’t you paying less for your food?

Farm distress looms as global crop prices crash after 10-year bull run
Fri, Nov 07, 2014

Over the last five-six months, corn, wheat and soybean prices have crashed to $ 3.7, $ 5.4 and $ 10.3 a bushel respectively at the CBOT exchange.

Two scientists, two blockbuster crop varieties
Sun, Oct 26, 2014

A basmati rice variety grown in 5 lakh hectares this kharif season, up from 5,000 last year; a repeat of the success of a new kind of wheat.

Banks to shun Uttar Pradesh sugar mills after Supreme Court order
Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Banks, on their part, have held that their lending interests stand jeopardised by the latest judgement.

Another Maharashtra verdict: Sugar goes private
Wed, Oct 22, 2014

The sugar year ended September saw 64 private factories crush and produce 22.37 lakh tonnes (lt), or 28.8 per cent of the state’s output.

37% of GDP now in states under BJP control: what this means for economics and politics
Mon, Oct 20, 2014

Pushing second-generation reforms, BJP can change Gujarat model to five-state model.