Ashok Gulati

Articles By Ashok Gulati

114 Articles

What ails agri-food policy? Montek Singh Ahluwalia’s ringside insight

Montek Singh Ahluwalia’s ringside insight into India’s agri-policies shows, without reform on food subsidy and MSP, unlocking resources for growth will be difficult.

agri-food policy, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, india economic reforms, agri food space, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, agri GDP growth, National Advisory Council News

Budget 2020: Why Sitharaman’s budget won’t double farmers’ income by 2022

Budget 2020-21: This has been going on since the 2003 model legislation—the Agricultural Produce Marketing (APMC) Act—when prime minister Vajpayee was at the helm of affairs.

Budget 2020 News

Budget 2020: Food, urea subsidy reforms must be priorities

Budget 2020 India: The budget must be transparent on, and fully account for the Food Subsidy dues to FCI. IF DBT is adopted for food and Urea subsidies, the govt can save upto Rs 50,000 crore.

budget 2020, budget 2020 expectations, budget 2020 income tax expectations News

Govt can save Rs 50,000 crore by reforming country’s grain management system

Reforming the country’s grain management system could save the govt Rs 50,000 crore annually, allowing the FM to fund infra investments while maintaining fiscal deficit.

indian economy, indian economy, MOSPI, revised data, base effect, GDP, GDP growth, gdp, GVA, gva News

With Sharad Pawar in govt, it’s a golden chance for Maharashtra to frame an agriculture policy

Maharashtra’s farmers have been in the news quite often, and for the wrong reason: high incidence of farmers’ suicides.

Maharashtra, Maharashtra  agri policy, Maharashtra Contingency Fund, Shiv Sena, Sharad Pawar, NCP, Congress, IPU, FPO, Common Minimum Programme News

From plate to plough: Sowing paddy, reaping smog

To curb NCR air pollution from stubble burning, the govt should incentivise Punjab and Haryana farmers to switch from paddy to corn.

Opinion News

Agrarian crisis: Fertiliser reforms are key, not zero-budget natural farming

The fertiliser prices, then, will be market-determined, ensuring their efficient usage, and stopping their diversion to non-agri uses as well as to neighbouring countries.

Agrarian crisis, Fertiliser reforms, natural farming, zero-budget natural farming, Narendra Modi, Modi government News

Remembering Arun Jaitley’s contribution to agri-policies

The political stalwart also had a keen agri-sense, and understood that the highest pay-off from economic reforms is now to come from agriculture

Arun Jaitley, Arun Jaitley agri policies, Modi government, GST reforms, NABARD, PM Fasal Bima Yojana, GST council, APMC Act News

Why solar power is the only option to double farmers’ income

Calculations suggest that using 'solar trees' to generate solar power on farmers' land is the only way to double farmers' incomes by 2022

solar energy, solar power, solar energy india, rooftop solar, rooftop solar system, solar power in agriculture News

Empower farmers by streamlining subsidies through JAM trinity

The government re-started some almost dead plants (Gorakhpur, Ramgundam, etc) that produce urea at more than $400/tonne.

Opinion News

Harvesting water: Technology vs policy

Lack of effective regulation and policy of cheap or free power supply for irrigation have intensified freshwater crisis beyond technological redemption

Water management, Water crisis, india, domestic needs, drinking water, sewage, News

Budget 2019: Why FM Sitharaman should have expanded PM-KISAN scheme to cover fertiliser, power subsidies

Union Budget 2019 India: PM-KISAN should have been expanded to cover fertiliser and power subsidies

Budget 2019-20, Union Budget 2019 India News

Explained: Modi’s Bt cotton connection and why his govt needs to wake up on GMO

WIth Bt cotton, India gained about $67 bn in forex from extra exports of cotton & cotton yarn, and savings in imports, over FY03-FY17, compared to business as usual.

Opinion News

What Modi needs to do to spur agri-trade

Today, India spends roughly 0.7% of agri-GDP on agri-R&D and extension together. This needs to double in the next 5 years. The returns are enormous

National Statistical Office, Gross Value Added, basic prices, Modi government, agri GDP, Chinese government, agri-GDP growth, agri exports News

Why Modi must now sow agri-marketing reforms

If PM Modi can do this shift from price policy to income policy, and reform the current agri-marketing system, it will be a fundamental structural reform in agriculture with high pay-offs in the years to come.

Opinion News

From doubling farmers income to higher MSPs, had BJP over promised?

Apart from talk of doubling farmers' income and higher MSPs, the BJP had promised fast-track action on 99 irrigation projects and FCI reforms. None of this has happened.

Opinion News

Cow and cane: Will they become PM Modi’s pain?

Farmers, who were promised a much better deal in the 2014 BJP manifesto, feel they have been taken for a ride as they are finding it difficult to retain their existing income levels

narendra modi, uttar pradesh, delhi, bjp, varanasi, lok sabha elections 2019, PM-Kisan scheme, UP government, NABARD News

Bold promises to reform agri-markets missing from BJP, Congress manifestoes

If India achieves a 4-5% growth in agri-GDP on a sustainable basis, it would need to export aggressively lest it creates a glut at home, adversely affecting farmers’ incomes.

Opinion News

Global Hunger Index: The unfinished agenda of people’s welfare

Can any political party promise in its manifesto that, in the next 5 years, India will RANK among the 50 least-hungry countries in the Global Hunger Index?

Opinion News

Farm subsidy to loan waivers: A race to compensate farmers for their losses

Despite last ditch attempts by election-minded political parties to atone for farmers’ losses, these are not a substitute for the structural reforms that are needed.

agriculture, agriculture sector, agriculture industry News

Why budget relief a drop in the ocean for farm distress

The schemes for cow protection and fisheries are steps in the right direction, but they don’t solve the farmers’ current problems

Opinion News

From plate to plough: Over Rs 45 lakh crore plundered from farmers

Until India structurally reforms its agri-economy, a stable income policy for farmers is required, for at least the next five years

Opinion News

Farm distress: MSP, loan waivers vs direct income support

MSPs or loan-waivers cannot reach more than 20-30% of peasantry and distort the market much more than direct income support policies

MSP,farm loan waivers , direct income support, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, MSP for paddy News

A race to the bottom: Is there a better way to help farmers?

The marginal farmers, who constitute 68.5% of peasantry, actually take more than half of their loans from informal sources at interest rates that range from 24-36%.

loan waiver, farm loan waiver, farm loan News

Agrarian crisis: What PM Narendra Modi can learn from KCR to help farmers

Professional bodies like CACP suggesting hiking msp to 1.5 times a2+fl costs or others touting doubling-of-farm-income without examining their practicality is worrying.

agriculture sector, agriculture industry News

From plate to plough: Why parties prefer freebies to investments in election manifestoes

Raising the rate of growth of farmers’ incomes from 3.6% to almost 13% by 2022-23 is akin to promising them the moon and taking them for a ride

Opinion News

From plate to plough: Decoding Maharashtra’s never ending water woes

Cost ratios are highly inflated to justify starting several projects and hardly any ex-post analysis is done to see whether what was promised gets delivered at that cost.

farmers, afarming sector, agriculture industry, agriculture sector News
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