Hussain is former Secretary of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare (GoI) and currently Visiting Senior Fellow at ICRIER
Farmers' protest: The protest by thousands of farmers at Delhi’s borders have brought to focus a range of issues in agriculture in India. One of the country’s leading policy experts provides a primer on some important questions.
Such diversion of food crops to produce biofuel was considered one of the reasons for the rise in food prices globally. Corn and other grain is also used in feedstock for poultry and cattle and is hence part of the food economy. Should India, a country with rampant poverty, hunger, and malnutrition, use food grains for making ethanol?
The states must engage NGOs, factories and charities including religious organisations to raise funds for meeting the expenditure on milk, eggs, cooking oil and vegetables, and even soaps and sanitisers.
Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana does not inspire confidence of farmers. They have to wait for months, sometimes years to get compensation.
Price deficiency payment schemes in Madhya Pradesh and Haryana do not cover farmers’ losses. Telangana’s input support scheme deserves nation-wide emulation.
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.
Onion farmers have suffered even in a bumper crop year. Needed: Scientific storage facilities, a judicious trade policy.
India must curb intellectual property rights violations, like the one on herbicide tolerant Bt cotton, in order to become an innovation hub.
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
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.
The states need to pull up their socks, make farmers stakeholders, to ensure success of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana
Diversification is essential to making Punjab a star performer in agriculture once again
A smooth GST regime can break inter-state barriers on movement and facilitate direct linkages between processors and farmers
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
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
UP’s farm loan waiver could prompt other states to follow suit, evade real reasons for agricultural distress
They are the largest constituency in UP. Yet, all parties have overlooked their issues
The government’s insurance scheme for agriculture is a major success over earlier schemes. But it remains beset by implementation glitches
Some ways to relieve the pain of demonetisation in rural India.
The portal needs a boost, which can come from routing all government grain purchases under minimum support price mechanism through it.
The government has failed to provide the right incentives to farmers