Categories for Agro Watch
Growing crops one byte at a time
Agricultural extension and advisory services facilitate the transfer of knowledge, information, improved technologies and practices to farmers, farmer organizations and market actors. Research has shown positive effects of extension access when it came to knowledge, adoption, productivity, and economic returns... View Article
Food security with flood, drought-resistant rice crops
In recent years, cycles of extreme drought and severe flooding have affected the country’s water availability and crop production. The trend can be attributed to climate change. Scientists have been exploring drought and flood tolerant crop varieties to offset stress... View Article
Modi Measures for agriculture sector
Agriculture in India has been in a crisis for a long time, as indebtedness has been rising, real incomes actually falling due to rising prices of Agri inputs and almost stagnant prices realised by the farmers for their produce, with... View Article
From Rent-Seekers To Entrepreneurs?
Last week’s column was on the road map for perishables. This week, the focus will be on the ‘economic agents’ who run the perishable supply chain. Often described as intermediaries, middle-men, financiers, aggregators and traders, they are a vilified lot... View Article
Thirty Eighth Special Session Of The Committee On World Food Security At Rome Greater Sustainability Of Food Production
This writer attended the Thirty Eighth Special Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at the FAO headquarters at Rome on May 11, as the head of the Indian delegation. The final position paper adopted by the conference... View Article
Man, Machine And Agriculture
Over the last week, this writer has been to institutions in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and UP (Greater Noida) engaged in hi-tech agriculture: tissue culture labs, hi tech plantations, poly-houses with fertigation and seen commercially hydroponics equipment which can certainly be used... View Article
Not By Incentives Alone
Rural infrastructure is important factor. Without roads and power, the best policy document on food processing will yield nothing This writer was asked to review a dissertation on the Potential and Prospects of Food Processing in India submitted by a... View Article
Revisiting Agriculture Policy
This writer was recently invited to speak to the latest batch of the Indian Administrative Service officers at the LBS National Academy of Administration on issues concerning agriculture in the country, and the role of the district administration in making... View Article
Fury Of The Gods!
I write these lines after having led an inter-ministerial central team to the hailstorm affected districts of Maharashtra from March 13 to March 15. The twenty-six members of my team, spread out in groups of two to three, traversed over... View Article
A Revamped Mission For Horticulture!
We have a new avatar to consolidate all interventions in the horticulture sector—from NHM to HMNEH (Horticulture Mission for North-East and the Himalayan Region) to NHB (National Horticulture Board), CDB (Coconut Development Board), NBM (National Bamboo Mission) and CIH (Central... View Article