The government is planning to set up 100 new cold chain projects at a cost of Rs. 12,000 crore to Rs.13,000 crore. The centre has also kicked off the process to invite investors to set up six new mega food parks. These measures are aimed at boosting farm sector incomes by establishing farm to fork… Continue reading More cold chains, food parks to boost farm incomes
The Hindu Issue How India’s agricultural policy has made us structurally vulnerable to climate change? India, a climate change hotspot India is uniquely vulnerable to rising temperatures — it ranks in the top 20 in the Climate Change Vulnerability Index. Our average surface temperature, over the past four decades, has risen by 0.3° Celsius, accompanied… Continue reading Insure farmers against climate change
The Hindu Issue The government’s allowed 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in oil palm plantations last year but has failed to draw even a single investor. Analysis India spends huge amount on imports of edible oil every year. Attempts to increase the area under oilseeds in India have not been very successful, but… Continue reading Overseas investors continue to shun oil palm industry
State of Indian Agriculture & renewed focus on increasing a farmer’s income If we go back in time (aug 2015) and read this PIB release – National Agricultural Market – A Harbinger of Change, we would realise that government realised (yet again) the importance of agriculture in Indian economy. While the Government has rolled out large… Continue reading National Agricultural Market: How is this a necessity for India?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently launched an online national agricultural products market platform that will integrate 585 wholesale markets across India. The launching of e-platform for marketing of agriculture products is being done with the aim to provide more options to farmers to sell their produce. This initiative is part of implementation of the roadmap… Continue reading eNAM-National Agriculture Markets
why is the land-owning class across India waving the flag of rebellion, demanding a slice in the quota pie for education and jobs? The truth is that the business model of agriculture has broken down. The combination of shrinking holdings and withered returns has led to economic and, therefore, political and social marginalisation of the… Continue reading The Killing Fields and Why Agriculture Cannot Wait
Agriculture GDP: (-)0.2% in 2014-15 1% in 2015-16 The distress in agriculture is due to two factors: The crash in global commodity prices Deficit rainfall for two years in a row 10 states have declared drought this year. Forward and backward linkages : Low agriculture growth also affects the prospects of manufacturing and services. For… Continue reading Focus on reviving agriculture needed