Shweta Saini is a consultant.
An income transfer policy combined with direct cash transfer is the best way to help the farmer
State’s decision to make MSP mandatory for traders will lead to chaos. The way forward is to treat farmers as businessmen and facilitate an environment in which they can flourish.
NABARD’s new survey offers a baseline to double farmers’ incomes. But is a survey done in a drought year a reliable yardstick?
An efficient and sustainable solution for better prices really lies in ‘getting the markets right’ by overhauling the agri-marketing infrastructure and its associated laws.
A single national agriculture market, promised by the BJP in its 2014 manifesto, remains a pipe dream. Can the government reform the broken APMC structure in the last year of its term?
Government is nowhere close to fulfilling the promises made in BJP’s 2014 manifesto — profitability of cultivation has fallen and dominance of Food Corporation of India continues.
Raising agricultural exports requires the government to unburden policy of consumer bias. A balance should be struck between meeting the needs of food-insecure consumers and income-insecure farmers.
Unless government takes bold decisions on agri-markets, reducing production costs and increasing demand, its goal to double farmers’ incomes by 2022 will remain a pipe-dream.
Government has the opportunity to rein in food inflation on a sustainable basis.
PM Modi needs to move from slogans to action to transform agriculture.
The Modi government should spell out clearly what it wants to double by 2022 — nominal or real incomes.
NDA’s existing agricultural policies are ill-equipped to achieve the stated goal of doubling them in five years.
NDA government’s plans for agriculture are still to bear fruit.
The picture is completed by the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (crop insurance) and e-market platform that he is going to launch on April 14.
Scapegoating ‘hoarders’ and ‘speculators’ for the spike in dal prices might have been effective in the 1960s. But today, it is only evidence of a rather sloppy conceptual policy framework.
Government’s actions on the commodity reveals it is ignorant of how a market economy is run
It is agricultural reform. Without focus on agri GDP and a sectoral overhaul, ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ will remain a slogan
A tussle is on between El Niño and the Indian Ocean Dipole. Government cannot afford to be a bystander.
We need a contingency plan that combines real-time technology with robust insurance and easy credit.