Harish Damodaran


In Fact: Global interest rates rising, it’s time to watch bond, not stock, markets
Mon, Jan 29, 2018

What happens at the meeting of the Fed’s Open Market Committee on January 31 will matter to the Indian economy almost as much as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Budget on February 1.

Cane arrears crisis again as sugar prices crash
Thu, Jan 25, 2018

UP mills have in the current 2017-18 sugar season (October-September), as on Wednesday, bought cane worth Rs 15,481.73 crore at the state advised price (SAP) of Rs 315 per quintal for normal and Rs 325 per quintal for early-maturing varieties.

Global crash, local glut hit Gujarat milk market
Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Dairy farmers in Gujarat, till recently, were relatively insulated from the crisis faced by those growing cotton, groundnut or potatoes.

Agriculture growth stumbles despite higher rainfall in 2017
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

The agriculture ministry’s data, too, shows a drop in crop acreages this time, both in the kharif and the ongoing rabi planting seasons.

Govt builds on Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana to lessen rural distress
Wed, Jan 17, 2018

If achieved, the 54 lakh rural houses to be built under central schemes in 2017-18 will be far higher than the 32.24 lakh in 2016-17, 18.24 lakh in 2015-16, 11.89 lakh in 2014-15, 10.49 lakh in 2013-14 and 10.47 lakh in 2012-13.

Labour markets: The ‘puzzle’ of rural wages
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

The reasons for their going up even during the height of demonetisation are as straightforward as the current sharp deceleration.

The Gujarat-Madhya Pradesh wage paradox
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

The national average, by contrast, was only 3.7 per cent per annum.

Lab to land: Reaching out to a million farmers
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

A novel scheme in Uttar Pradesh that seeks to address the agriculture sector’s weakest link — extension.

What to expect in 2018 from the farm sector: prices could hold key to several political fortunes
Tue, Jan 02, 2018

Agricultural prices crashed in April-June, just when a bumper rabi crop had been harvested after two years of drought, and despite demonetisation.

Eye on rural distress, Centre and states look at MP crop price scheme
Mon, Jan 01, 2018

Deficit financing, not procurement, if rates below Minimum Support Price

Subpar rains mar rabi crop prospects
Thu, Dec 28, 2017

As things stand, the country seems headed for yet another bumper crop of pulses — not the best news for farmers, when market rates are already ruling below minimum support prices.

In year full of polls, little room for policy stimulus, private sector investment is key
Tue, Dec 26, 2017

If the fiscal, monetary and political levers for supporting growth via policy are weak, it means that the prospects of a recovery are dependent entirely on the private sector.

Harvesting rainwater: Insulating fields against drought in parched Bundelkhand
Thu, Dec 21, 2017

Farm ponds have proved a lifesaver in parched Bundelkhand this year.

In parched Bundelkhand, a new burden for farmers: Build fences to keep cattle out
Wed, Dec 20, 2017

Gauraksha is fine, but who will protect our crop from stray cattle, ask farmers.

Gujarat polls 2017: Narmada waters more in canals than in farms
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

Gujarat elections: Surendranagar district president blames the problems of Saurashtra’s farmers mainly on the poor progress in building the distributaries, minors and sub-minor canals that are supposed to take the Narmada waters to the fields.

Nominal vs Real growth: For farmer, it’s rise in income, not output, that matters
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

During the 10 years from 2004-05 to 2013-14, growth in real gross value added (GVA, at constant prices) from agriculture, forestry & fishing averaged 3.7 per cent a year.

Redesigning policy: The right crop nutrient solution
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

The existing product registration and subsidy regime is heavily biased against value-added yield-enhancing fertilisers.

In Patidar zone, a milk co-op owned by a CPM leader
Mon, Dec 04, 2017

This cooperative bought 15.70 lakh litres milk from its 300 farmer-members during the year ended March 31, and paid them Rs 7.08 crore at an average Rs 45.07 per litre.

July-Sept GDP data: A tale of two manufacturing growth rates
Fri, Dec 01, 2017

Rebound in Q2 GDP growth was largely driven by manufacturing growth, which grew 7% year-on-year in last quarter.

Chilling technology: White Revolution – Part II
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

Behind Gujarat’s dairy sector’s continued growth in recent times has been bulk milk coolers — and 24-hour electricity