The Public Distribution System (PDS ) has its limitations and inherent drawbacks. It does not fulfil all need-based requirements of the poor
Indian farmers take about 5400 litres of water to grow one kg of rice, five times the amount China uses, pointing to the state’s low water productivity
Revisited and notified every five years since 1991 economic reforms, the FTP has been the guiding beacon for all stakeholders. The last FTP was notified in 2015
It is broadly estimated by international brokerage firms that due to the Ukraine-Russia conflict, the high prices of commodities in domestic and global markets may infuse extra Rs 31,000 crore income into the rural economy from Rabi crops.
For industry and trade, logistics ease matters. It is an important indicator that the investment-friendly business climate will enable faster growth of the state economy
Though the priorities of the new government will be multifaceted, one area which needs to be worked upon with due diligence is farmers' decent income through a State Agriculture Export Policy.
India’s success story of achieving self-sufficiency in pulses can be replicated in the cultivation of oilseeds.
Over 98 per cent entrepreneurs stay small by choice because the moment they aspire for growth and become a part of formal economy, they will have to comply with over 400 compliances a year.
To double the income of resource-poor farmers, there is a need for technologies that lower input costs and build resilience in farming activities.
The shift from the income to expenditure base will not only mitigate harmful effect of a non-comprehensive income tax but will reduce extravagant consumption and promote savings .
If farmers in Malwa (Madhya Pradesh) or Doaba (Punjab) region have a specific problem and can only grow specific crops, it is best left to the state governments to address their concerns.
As Parliament is set to clear the decks for repeal of three farm laws, a guaranteed MSP is no panacea either. Instead, an Agriculture Export Policy can address farmers’ woes.
Every year, the government announces MSP for 23 crops but procurement at these prices is not guaranteed because MSP is not legally binding on agencies and buyers of these crops.
Farmers have a tough time unlearning the age-old practice of stubble burning. Its alternatives impose additional expenses, often from the farmer’s pocket.
The latest National Sample Survey report has reinforced the fact that farmers urgently need an additional financial cushion.