Harish Damodaran


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.

Dairy dreams: A not-so-white vision
Thu, Mar 15, 2018

The government’s projections of milk production almost doubling and incomes of farmers more than trebling by 2023-24 seem rather rosy.

Low interest rate party over: Here is why top banks hiking MCLR is not good news
Thu, Mar 01, 2018

Significantly the MCLR increases – which would ultimately translate into higher equated monthly installments or EMIs for home-loan and other borrowers – come even without the RBI hiking its benchmark repo or overnight lending rate.

Delayed over availability of computer tabs, livestock census may begin in July
Sun, Feb 25, 2018

The main reason that the 20th Livestock Census — a once in five years, nationwide headcount of livestock as well as poultry, dogs and rabbits — could not be undertaken as per schedule in 2017 was, ironically, the Centre’s Digital India initiative.

Growing tomatoes: A gamble on the market
Thu, Feb 22, 2018

Tomatoes from Kolar are even exported to countries like Dubai and Bangladesh.

Breeding for the market: Private sector’s Green Revolution
Thu, Feb 22, 2018

India’s vegetable production has doubled since the start of this century; the credit for it goes mainly to private seed companies.

In Karnataka Cauvery belt, farmers ’50 per cent happy’ with Supreme Court ruling
Mon, Feb 19, 2018

The farmer leader, Puttannaiah, who is also a sitting Independent MLA from Melukote Assembly constituency in Mandya, termed the latest ruling as “partial justice” to upper riparian states.

Minimum Support Prices: When politics beckons
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

This cost includes all paid-out expenses incurred by the farmer — on seed, fertiliser, pesticide, fuel, irrigation, hired labour and other inputs — plus an imputed value of unpaid family labour.

Beyond the News: Why light showers now bring good news for farmers
Tue, Feb 13, 2018

Minimum temperatures are likely to come down by 2-3 degrees Celsius in Northwest, Central and Western India over the next 48 hours, the IMD said.

Monsanto’s Bt cotton tech to be royalty-free?
Thu, Feb 08, 2018

The MSP for a 450-gram packet of Bt cotton seeds is now Rs 800, of which Rs 49 is the royalty (“trait value”) on Bollgard-II (BG II), the proprietary technology of the US life sciences major Monsanto.

Agriculture: Union Budget promises MSP 50% above cost, doesn’t define which cost
Sat, Feb 03, 2018

Whether it is the Budget, the Swaminathan formula or the BJP manifesto, none of them has quite defined what really constitutes “cost of production”. And therein lies the nub.

Union Budget 2018: Assurance on MSP but for govt, rural is more about infrastructure than agriculture
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

All that is stated in Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s speech is that the “Niti Aayog, in consultation with central and state governments, will put in place a foolproof mechanism so that farmers get adequate price for their produce.”

Union Budget 2018: Fertiliser subsidy may slip on rising oil prices
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

Even for the current fiscal, the Centre had budgeted a figure of Rs 70,000 crore, which has, however, been slashed to Rs 64,973.50 crore in the revised estimates (RE).

Breaking down the Budget in 20 questions
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

Union Budget 2018: The most anticipated event of the Indian financial calendar is over. What political and economic message has the Budget sent out? The Indian Express cuts through the fog.

Why Arun Jaitley seems to be falling short of expectations on farm sector
Thu, Feb 01, 2018

Union Budget 2018: The favourable tax treatment for farmer producer companies is a good move. Though details are awaited, hopefully these entities will be exempted from tax. If income of farmers is exempt, the same should extend to farmer-owned organisations as well.

Budget 2018 explained: ‘Arun Jaitley’s last budget has no creative incrementalism on show’
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

Arun Jaitley's Union Budget 2018 EXPLAINED: Here's what our experts — National Editor, Policy, Shaji Vikraman; National Editor, Rural Affairs, Harish Damodaran; Associate Editors Anil Sasi and Sandeep Singh — think of Jaitley's budget.