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Amit Mohan Prasad

The writer is principal secretary, agriculture, government of UP. Views are personal

From control rooms to testing, several strategies helped UP contain pandemic
Thu, Dec 17, 2020

UP has a population of approximately 24 crore, the highest in any Indian state. Its population is exceeded by only four countries in the world and is more than that of many European countries combined.

PMFBY 2.0: A revamped crop insurance scheme
Thu, Feb 27, 2020

The recent tweaks to the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, including making it 100% voluntary and capping premiums at 30%, are going to be a game-changer.

Sustainable agriculture: Going beyond Soil Health Cards
Thu, Aug 15, 2019

A measurable and time-bound programme for increasing organic matter content in our soils is needed to preserve and boost crop productivity.

Digital, no longer to divide
Thu, Jul 11, 2019

A unique experiment in UP to deliver farm extension through mobile live streaming.

For the farmer, things to do
Fri, Feb 01, 2019

Affordable inputs, access to credit and formal land-leasing are some of the urgent requirements for the small and marginal farmer.

Lab to land: Addressing Indian agriculture’s weakest link — Extension
Tue, Jan 15, 2019

The work of state agriculture department staff is today largely reduced to input distribution and dishing out small subsidy sums under a plethora of fragmented schemes to farmers, as opposed to extension.

The price is wrong
Fri, Oct 05, 2018

Getting the right remuneration is the most critical issue facing farmers. Government must provide policy, institutional framework for procurement.

A smart card for the farmer
Fri, Mar 30, 2018

Better designed Kisan Credit Card can help improve access to institutional credit and ensure crop insurance.

Drought proofing: Farm ponds turn out to be game-changer in parched Bundelkhand
Wed, Dec 20, 2017

Bundelkhand being one of India’s main pulses growing belts, the impact of the drought there was also felt through the sharp spike in prices of legumes.

Subsidy reform: Seeding change through direct benefit transfer
Thu, Feb 18, 2016

Uttar Pradesh has shown how DBT model is good for both farmers and the exchequer.

The pulse of the matter
Wed, Nov 25, 2015

Farmers tend to lose out irrespective of whether crop prices go up or down. Government needs to rectify this.

Indigenous oilseed may change fortunes of Bundelkhand’s farmers
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

This is an Open Sesame moment of sorts for Bundelkhand. The returns may not be very lucrative this year, but the crop holds tremendous hope for the future.