Siraj Hussain

Hussain is former Secretary of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare (GoI) and currently Visiting Senior Fellow at ICRIER

Articles By Siraj Hussain

From Plate to Plough: Premium delayed, farmer denied

Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana does not inspire confidence of farmers. They have to wait for months, sometimes years to get compensation.

From Plate to Plough: How to help the farmer

Price deficiency payment schemes in Madhya Pradesh and Haryana do not cover farmers’ losses. Telangana’s input support scheme deserves nation-wide emulation.

From Plate to Plough: Left behind on the farm

Farmers have suffered in the last three-and-a-half years. For the prime minister and the BJP, agricultural reforms make both economic and political sense.

From Plate to Plough: Onion tears and how to wipe them

Onion farmers have suffered even in a bumper crop year. Needed: Scientific storage facilities, a judicious trade policy.

Innovators, not pirates

India must curb intellectual property rights violations, like the one on herbicide tolerant Bt cotton, in order to become an innovation hub.

A sketchy roadmap

NITI Aayog’s three year agenda does not recognise the role of trade policy in agriculture, and is silent on money-guzzling food and fertiliser subsidies

From plate to plough: Tall tales for farmers

The first time the PM had shared his dream of doubling farmers’ income (DFI) was at a kisan rally in Bareilly on February 28, 2016. A day later, the finance minister talked about this goal in his budget speech.

From plate to plough: Everybody loves a good crop

The states need to pull up their socks, make farmers stakeholders, to ensure success of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana

From Plate to Plough: Lessons for the field

Diversification is essential to making Punjab a star performer in agriculture once again

From plate to plough: Farm and the tax

A smooth GST regime can break inter-state barriers on movement and facilitate direct linkages between processors and farmers

From plate to plough: An unfulfilled farm manifesto

On agriculture, three years into the Modi government, while many steps have been taken to realise promises made in 2014, others have fallen by the wayside

From plate to plough: The faraway fields

The Modi government has made the right moves with its flagship schemes for agriculture, but these have not made much difference to the lives of farmers so far

Prelude to a contagion

UP’s farm loan waiver could prompt other states to follow suit, evade real reasons for agricultural distress

No one loves the farmer

They are the largest constituency in UP. Yet, all parties have overlooked their issues

Partial security for farmers

The government’s insurance scheme for agriculture is a major success over earlier schemes. But it remains beset by implementation glitches

How to sow a reform

Some ways to relieve the pain of demonetisation in rural India.

Mandi reforms: How to make the National Agriculture Market matter to farmers

The portal needs a boost, which can come from routing all government grain purchases under minimum support price mechanism through it.

No feel for the pulse

The government has failed to provide the right incentives to farmers