What true MSP means

News: Farms laws have been repealed by the Govt. Further, it has also conceded to the demand of the unions to set up a committee to ensure minimum support prices (MSP) for all farmers along with other assurances. Amongst them, perhaps the most controversial and ambiguous is the demand for a guarantee of MSP. As… Continue reading What true MSP means

Assessing the case for a legal MSP

News: After getting the three farm laws repealed, the farm unions are now demanding a legalisation of MSP. But legalising MSP must be backed by a programme with requisite resources (like MGNREGA) and a time-frame within which governments would expand and diversify their procurement portfolios, in line with agro-ecology. Why the state continues to intervene… Continue reading Assessing the case for a legal MSP

India’s repeal of farm laws won’t resolve our real crisis of farming

News: The repeal of Farm laws is unlikely to end farmer worries. The need of the hour is to reform agriculture. What are the issues being faced by the agricultural sector? Farming in India is faced with many problems that makes farmers livelihood unsustainable. For example, the sector is faced with rising input costs and… Continue reading India’s repeal of farm laws won’t resolve our real crisis of farming

On legalising MSP: Supporting farmers

News: Farmers are now protesting for a legally guaranteed minimum support price (MSP) In terms of policy intervention, it is well accepted that incomes in the farm sector have fallen behind, compared to other sectors of the economy, and farmers need to be fairly compensated. But a legal price guarantee is not the solution. There… Continue reading On legalising MSP: Supporting farmers

Staggered pricing: On cane pricing

Synopsis: The Government should avoid populist measures in cane pricing. Introduction Recently, Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) suggested to pay sugarcane prices to farmers in tranches and stop reserving cane areas for sugar mills. It has pros and cons that need to be weighed carefully. What are the other key suggestions given by… Continue reading Staggered pricing: On cane pricing