The writer is chair professor for agriculture at ICRIER. Views are personal
Ashok Gulati, Ritika Juneja write: The incentive structure that favours rice, wheat and sugar cultivation must be ended
Ashok Gulati, Ritika Juneja write: Access to nutritious food is only one of the determinants of nutrition. Other factors like access to safe drinking water and sanitation, immunisation and education, especially of women, are also important
Ashok Gulati, Ritika Juneja write: The focus of India’s economic policy has to be on quality education, skill development, and agriculture reforms
Ashok Gulati writes: If India has been so successful in reducing poverty and improving food availability, why does it have to give almost free food to more than 800 million people under the National Food security Act?
Ashok Gulati writes: It must try to ensure professionalism in cooperatives and make them competitive
Ashok Gulati, Ayushi Khurana write: Milk cooperatives did a great job during ‘Operation Flood’. But it was the entry of the private sector that unleashed creativity and competition
Ashok Gulati, Ritika Juneja write: We need to look at commodities like rice and sugar from a sustainability perspective
How long this welfare approach is sustainable without enlarging the size of GDP pie is an open question
A calibrated response that balances economic and health concerns based on a sound vaccine strategy is needed
The national leadership needs to set up a war room comprising top medical experts and corporate leaders to ramp up supplies of oxygen and necessary drugs and mobilise logistics to deliver these to last mile.
Existing government programmes cannot provide gainful employment opportunities to migrants at their native places.
With Covid’s second wave assuming alarming proportions, it’s high time there is a meaningful action plan, based on robust data, to alleviate the problems of migrants.
Technological solutions to make rice and sugarcane cultivators use water more sustainably can work if there are right incentives, and agri-input pricing is on the right track.
It requires a diversified approach that takes into account peculiarities and constraints of states, investment in infrastructure and linking farmer producer groups with markets.
A closer examination of the scheme in terms of achieving its objectives of price stabilisation, reveals that Operation Green is in slow motion, and nowhere near achieving its objectives.
Free power, highly subsidised urea and open-ended procurement have become a deadly cocktail that are eating away the natural wealth of Punjab.
Overall, the expenditure on agri-R&D needs to be doubled or even tripled in next three years, if growth in agriculture has to provide food security at a national level and subsidies on food and fertilisers need to be contained.
An optimal agri-food policy should look at issues pertinent to not only the short run but also try to address medium to long-term challenges.
The art of policymaking is to balance the interest of producers and consumers within reasonable financial resources.
For this to happen, political leadership is needed to help rebuild trust among countries on trade and food security after the disruption caused by US-China trade tensions, and the inconclusive outcome of the WTO’s 2018 ministerial conference in Buenos Aires.
Can the Centre and the Punjab government join hands to find a sustainable solution to farmers’ incomes and also save depleting water, soil, and air? Only then can they make Punjab great again.
This communication gap was fully exploited by some political parties and social activists, who themselves are facing an existentialist threat and believe that the Narendra Modi government can do no good for this country.
The irony of agricultural pollution is that taxpayers are essentially paying for it through a system of subsidies that actually motivates the very behaviours that drive the agricultural emissions that they breathe.
Food staples are not dense on minerals and vitamins, but they do provide a broad range of essential minerals and vitamins — a base which needs to be strengthened by non-staple foods.
Patience and professionalism will bring rich rewards in due course, not noisy politics.