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News: After getting the three farm laws repealed, the farm unions are now demanding a legalisation of MSP.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

A white touch to a refreshed green revolution

News: 26th Nov, 2021 was celebrated in Anand, Gujarat as the 100th birth anniversary of Verghese Kurien, the leader of India’s ‘white revolution’. The white revolution resulted in increased incomes and the wealth of millions of cattle-owning small farmers in India, many of them women. The Amul model, of a socio-economic enterprise, also has an… Continue reading A white touch to a refreshed green revolution

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

The state of agriculture in India is only going from bad to worse

Synopsis: Our agricultural sector has been in a state of perpetual decline after 2012-13 and is reeling under such shocks as back-to-back droughts, demonetization and the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest Situation Assessment Survey adds to findings that reveal worsening agrarian distress. Introduction Recently, the National Statistical Office released the Situation Assessment Survey (SAS) of agricultural… Continue reading The state of agriculture in India is only going from bad to worse