Harish Damodaran


A sugar rush
Tue, Jun 26, 2018

The result in the Kairana Lok Sabha seat bypoll, where ganna payment was the main issue, brought forth a crisis born of advances in plant breeding and boost in sugarcane production.

Does growth in pulses output mean India has reached self-sufficiency?
Thu, May 31, 2018

India’s pulses production increased by nearly half in the space of two years, from 16-17 million tonnes to 23-24 million tonnes this year

Breeding challenges: Hybrid rice clicks better in poor than agriculturally prosperous states
Thu, May 31, 2018

Farmers in the Green Revolution regions show less interest in seed technology that has produced record-breaking yields in China

How farmers can use smartphones to make crop loss assessment
Thu, May 24, 2018

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has developed WheatCam, a picture-based insurance (PBI) app that farmers can download on to their smartphones.

Why ganna is still the first choice for farmers, despite mounting dues
Thu, May 24, 2018

Arrears cross Rs 23,000 crore but farmers stick to cane as it is one of the most profitable crops to grow.

Uttar Pradesh: Ganna trumps Jinnah in this bypoll when sugarcane arrears pile up
Mon, May 21, 2018

Kairana constituency has six sugar mills: four private (the Shamli factory of Sir Shadi Lal Enterprises, Rana Sugars’ factory in Unn, Bajaj Hindusthan’s in Thana Bhawan and Uttam Sugar’s in Shermau) and two cooperative (in Sarsawa and Nanauta).

Sugar industry: Liquor makers get a free ride as molasses prices crash
Fri, May 18, 2018

From every tonne of cane crushed, mills produce about 107 kg of sugar and 46 kg of molasses. That, on a likely crushing of 300 mt this season, translates into 32.1 mt of sugar and 13.8 mt of molasses.

How far will aid for sugar go?
Mon, May 07, 2018

Govt has cleared assistance plan to help mills amid crisis caused by overproduction. Will Rs 5.50/quintal be effective when dues to growers have reached Rs 20,000 crore?

Karnataka Assembly elections: From BSY to Siddaramaiah, the land of milk and money
Thu, May 03, 2018

In August 2013, Siddaramaiah government launched a ‘Ksheera Bhagya’ scheme which provides a 150-ml glass of free milk daily to around 1.04 crore children: 65 lakh studying in government/government-aided schools and another 39 lakh in pre-school anganwadi centres.

Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana: Flagship crop insurance scheme runs into rough weather
Thu, Apr 26, 2018

Delayed premium subsidy payments and yield data submission by states result in low payouts to farmers.

The weakest link in crop insurance
Thu, Apr 26, 2018

The crop in a well-marked plot of this field is, then, harvested, threshed, winnowed and weighed. If the produce contains moisture, it has to be dried first before weighing.

Why farm deflation is essentially a problem of liquidity
Thu, Apr 19, 2018

The main problem for farmers today is not production or having sufficient crop to sell. Instead, it has to do with prices that they are getting for their produce.

Farm deflation a reality now
Fri, Apr 13, 2018

This moderation in food inflation now being seen for consumers, though, is price deflation for farmers. And it is a generalised fall across agricultural commodities, a phenomenon that defies easy explanation.

Madhya Pradesh’s Basmati claim
Fri, Apr 13, 2018

The Narendra Modi government may find itself in a tricky situation over the issue of extending geographical indication (GI) certification for basmati paddy grown in Madhya Pradesh (MP).

In thrall to the holy cow
Fri, Apr 06, 2018

When it comes to cattle, the dominant beliefs of current religious and political leaders are totally at variance with the realities of farming.

Expanding irrigation access: More crop per drop
Thu, Mar 29, 2018

A unique solar-powered lift micro-irrigation project in Punjab shows the way for efficient delivery of canal water.

Two MPs to move private member bills on farm loan waiver, remunerative MSP
Tue, Mar 27, 2018

Farmers’ Right to Guaranteed Remunerative MSPs for Agricultural Commodities: The MSPs would provide a minimum 50 percent return over production costs, which shall be “comprehensive” and covering all paid-out as well as imputed expenses.

When the State becomes the Market
Thu, Mar 22, 2018

The main reason for rising governmental procurement of wheat and paddy has been the steady increase in their minimum support prices (MSP).

As sugar prices slide, UP cane dues touch a high of Rs 6,500 crore
Sun, Mar 18, 2018

According to the latest data from the UP Cane Commissioner’s Office in Lucknow, UP mills had, as on March 16, bought sugarcane worth Rs 25,349.96 crore at the state government’s advised price or SAP of Rs 315 per quintal for “general” and Rs 325 per quintal for “early-maturing” varieties.

Madhya Pradesh denied GI tag for basmati, will need to find new name for its rice
Sat, Mar 17, 2018

Currently, over two lakh hectares area in MP is reported to be under cultivation of improved basmati varieties such as Pusa-1 and Pusa-1121. This constitutes nearly 10 per cent of the estimated total area under cultivation in the country.