Ritika Juneja is Research Assistant at ICRIER.
Ashok Gulati, Ritika Juneja write: We need to look at commodities like rice and sugar from a sustainability perspective
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.
The “Uberisation model” could make tractor services perfectly divisible, accessible and affordable even by small holders without owning the machine.
Streamlining the agri-credit system to facilitate higher crop loans to farmer-producer organisations against commodity stocks can be a win-win model to spur agriculture growth.
Transforming agriculture in the medium to long run requires fundamental reforms in land institutions as well. This is what is missing in the new committee’s terms of reference.
Whichever party comes to power at the Centre, India is making a policy shift to direct income support.
Income support under PM-Kisan is only one small step. It must be complemented by large-scale reforms in agri-marketing and trade policies.
The real tribute to Patel would be to carry out large-scale structural reforms in agri-markets to ensure that a higher percentage of the consumer’s rupee goes to farmers.
Biotechnology can be a game-changer in the battle against malnutrition in much the same way that the Green Revolution was in ensuring self sufficiency.
Vajpayee government’s decision to introduce GM cotton made India a leader in production of the crop. Can the Modi government give a green signal to improve varieties of GM cotton and Bt brinjal and GM mustard?
Only 21 per cent of India’s milk production gets processed through the organised sector and the rest passes through unorganised small players. And that’s where the crisis is most intense.
Operation Greens must build forward and backward linkages between farmers and markets. It can learn from Operation Flood.