Vivian Fernandes

Articles By Vivian Fernandes

93 Articles

Deal with dal: How processors jack-up prices during lean seasons

Arrivals of tur or pigeon pea at the Gulbarga (aka Kalaburagi) mandi in North Karnataka speak of a harvest blessed by favourable weather and low incidence of pest and disease attacks unlike a year ago.

Opinion News

Towards less-cash agriculture: Well before demonetisation, low credit-driven model came up in Dewas

In Madhya Pradesh’s tribal districts of Dewas and Khargone, the NGO, Samaj Pragati Sahayog, discourages cash transactions for agricultural inputs.

Opinion News

Narendra Modi govt failed farms, not weather

Monsoons were favourable for the agriculture sector after two years of deficient rainfall, but policies were not.

agriculture sector, rural incomes and spending, Union Budget, agri-biotech companies, CEA News

GE mustard vs bees: Attention generated for the key pollinator will benefit farmers

Whether or not GE mustard harms bees, the attention it has generated for the key pollinator will benefit farmers

Opinion News

Demonetisation: Government should not vilify cash; should replenish supply so that growth picks up

From a surgical strike on black money, prime minister Narendra Modi has touted demonetisation of high-value currency notes as a vehicle for transition to a cashless economy, but a visit to Sirsi in Karnataka’s Uttara Kannad

Opinion News

Demonetisation lesson: Why linking of online trading to farmers’ bank accounts must happen fast

Trading in almost all of Karnataka’s commodity mandis has gone online after the state adopted pioneering root-and-branch reforms in early 2014.

Opinion News

Pollution in Delhi: How PayTM CEO can fight stubble burning to clear the air

PayTM CEO should part with some of the R10 crore offered to start-ups, to promote conservation agriculture

Opinion News

Akshayakalpa’s is a model that encourages free-range cattle rearing

Founder GN Srinivas Reddy believes that agriculture is not a profitable activity for most small-holder farmers because they lack entrepreneurial culture. They must treat agriculture as enterprise with profit as the goal

Opinion News

GM Mustard: CM Nitish Kumar letter to PM Narendra Modi has quite a few slips

Kumar says transgenic technology is ‘hazardous’, but that is not the view most scientists hold

GM Mustard: CM Nitish Kumar letter to PM Narendra Modi has quite a few slips

Futures and derivatives: How to make farming less of a gamble for farmers

Futures and derivatives-trading are frowned upon in India for being speculative. But these instruments can make farming less of a gamble for farmers than it is.

Opinion News

GM Seeds: Balancing act sour seeds of discord

While agri-biotech execs feel price-control will be reinstated, others believe it is unlikely given the US govt’s pushback

GM Seeds: Balancing act sour seeds of discord

Record caFe: We’re open to private partnership for GM crop research: ICAR DG

Trilochan Mohapatra took over as secretary, department of agricultural research and education, and director general, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in February.

Opinion News

Column: Seeds of trouble

Far from making in India, agri-biotech companies here are being unmade

Opinion News

Why food safety should not come at cost of food security

Environmentalists, traditionalists and wellness advisers seem to believe that pesticides are dispensable. They do not see them as crop protection chemicals

Opinion News

McCain-McDonald’s model can boost India’s cashew economy; here’s how

An enlightened private sector company modelled on McCain—the global supplier of potato products to McDonald’s—could give the cashew economy a big boost

Opinion News

GEAC must not yield to activists’ pressure tactics

The GEAC is the body that recommends approval of GM crops for cultivation after evaluating their risks to humans, animals and the environment.

Opinion News

Modi sardines a rage in Mangaluru; but warning lights flashing

Unknown perhaps to the prime minister, Modi sardines are the rage in Mangaluru, though the fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids are actually imported from Oman...

Opinion News

Sugarcane worsened Marathwada water crisis? Dismantling cane economy will not be painless

Dismantling cane economy will not be painless, shift crop to drip irrigation

West bengal drought, drought crisis, Ministry of agriculture, Subrata Mukherjee News

Column: Chlorophile; another blow to Monsanto

Government brings compulsory licensing to Bt cotton technology

Column: Chlorophile; another blow to Monsanto

Nationalism in cotton fields

To make headway desi cotton would require Bt technology to fail

Nationalism in cotton fields

Column: Marathwada should not waste its water crisis

It must expand drip irrigation cover for sugarcane—the water saved could irrigate 15 lakh hectares under water-frugal crops

Drought News

Column: Towards sustainable agriculture

Organic and ‘towards organic’ farming is constrained by the availability of responsive seeds

Column: Towards sustainable agriculture

A glass half-full

Rising groundwater threatens Punjab’s citrus grove, but it is also a business opportunity

A glass half-full

Don’t blame just private seed firms for Bt cotton problems

If reliance on hybrids has made the cotton economy susceptible to bollworm, GEAC has to be blamed since it should have been clearing only hybrids suitable to a region

Opinion News

The Economic Survey vindicates a pioneer

Bhavarlal Hiralal Jain’s life shows that linkages with companies or cooperatives that operate on shared prosperity can create better value for farmers.

The Economic Survey vindicates a pioneer

Column: Bundelkhand’s deceptive drought

Beyond relief measures, the region must invest in rainwater conservation and provision of irrigation

Column: Bundelkhand’s deceptive drought

Chlorophile: Jairam Ramesh’s long shadow on agri biotech

Ramesh’s decision on Bt brinjal was an example of prejudice passing off as public policy and ‘proof’ being selectively picked to fit a foregone conclusion.

Chlorophile: Jairam Ramesh’s long shadow on agri biotech