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Siraj Hussain, a former Union agriculture secretary, is visiting senior fellow, ICRIER, New Delhi.

When it comes to food security, climate change is the real challenge for South Asia

POLITICS

When it comes to food security, climate change is the real challenge for South Asia

Science alone can provide the answer to challenges posed by increasing possibility of droughts, excessive rains in a short period, higher temperatures, rising sea levels and shorter monsoons. Any government concerned with food security should be according highest priority to tackling climate change 

Impact of COVID-19 second wave on India’s agriculture

ECONOMY

Impact of COVID-19 second wave on India’s agriculture

For agriculture to make a positive contribution to GVA this year, the spread of COVID-19 in rural India needs to be prevented by using all possible means 

Is there a reason for the IAS to worry?

POLITICS

Is there a reason for the IAS to worry?

The IAS really does not have much reason to be disappointed by the remarks of the Prime Minister. Due to the breadth and depth of experience in the states and their long association with politicians, the IAS will continue to enjoy preferences in discretionary appointments

Budget 2021 | For agriculture, it looks like an interim budget

BUSINESS

Budget 2021 | For agriculture, it looks like an interim budget

The budget for agriculture seems to be work in progress and we can expect more clarity on allocations for agriculture and allied sectors when a settlement is reached with agitating farmers

Without much delay, Punjab and Haryana will have to diversify from wheat and rice cycles

BUSINESS

Without much delay, Punjab and Haryana will have to diversify from wheat and rice cycles

The three farm laws would have already made it clear to farmers of Punjab and Haryana that they have no option but accept the reality of the beginning of the end of unlimited procurement 

Modi Govt 2.0 | COVID-19 has prompted long-pending agricultural reforms

TECHNOLOGY

Modi Govt 2.0 | COVID-19 has prompted long-pending agricultural reforms

Based on its performance this last year, the second year of the Modi 2.0 government promises to bring far reaching changes to the agricultural economy

COVID-19 | How to maximise food security in post-COVID India

INDIA

COVID-19 | How to maximise food security in post-COVID India

India must revamp its food grain storage techniques, modernise its mandis and expand the capacity of cold chains without any further delay

Finance Minister announces PM Gareeb Kalyan Scheme, here is what experts have to say

INDIA

Finance Minister announces PM Gareeb Kalyan Scheme, here is what experts have to say

Overall experts felt the moves were good for the common man, but markets and industries would have to wait and watch

Lockdown strategy right step, but needs to be backed by logistical and income support

BUSINESS

Lockdown strategy right step, but needs to be backed by logistical and income support

An allowance to workers – a direct transfer of money into their Jan Dhan Yojana accounts – is the bare minimum the government should already have announced.

Covid-19 pandemic | India has little to fear about its food security

ECONOMY

Covid-19 pandemic | India has little to fear about its food security

The most serious threat to availability of foodstuff in India could come not from any shortage, but from an overzealous bureaucracy….There is an urgent need for the Centre to issue clear directions to the states that they should not impose any border restrictions on movement.

Budget 2020 | Three important leads in the agri-rural sector

INDIA

Budget 2020 | Three important leads in the agri-rural sector

With contraction in core infrastructure industries and non-food bank credit, the stress in the economy, especially in the agriculture and rural sector, demanded real action, rather than poetry.

Budget 2020 | Economic revival has agriculture as a good starting point

ECONOMY

Budget 2020 | Economic revival has agriculture as a good starting point

Since the general elections, the agriculture sector has taken a back seat as the economy has itself touched new lows

Falling employment, low wages and food inflation - the rural economy is in pain

ECONOMY

Falling employment, low wages and food inflation - the rural economy is in pain

With priorities of the government changing, the agriculture sector is unlikely to see any major initiatives and reforms

Policy | Has PM-Kisan belied expectations?

INDIA

Policy | Has PM-Kisan belied expectations?

The government has not shown any serious intent to undertake major reforms in agriculture sector. Till then, it seems unlikely that the central and state governments will be able to discontinue any of the direct income support schemes.

Budget 2019: Deep reforms in agriculture have to wait for another day

BUSINESS

Budget 2019: Deep reforms in agriculture have to wait for another day

For all the talk of the huge election mandate, agriculture as a sector failed to find its pride of place in the latest budgetary exercise. A political consensus can tilt he scales though

Budget 2019 | Expect a higher outlay for agriculture, rural sectors

ECONOMY

Budget 2019 | Expect a higher outlay for agriculture, rural sectors

On the ground, farming operations cannot be carried out without agricultural labour. Neither PM-Kisan nor the pension scheme has anything for them.

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