Categories for Agro Watch
Farmers, Entreprenurs & HVA
Last week, your columnist was invited to speak on High Value Agriculture (HVA) to the IAS probationers at LBS national academy at Mussorie. This course co-ordinator wanted me to share my views on how agriculture can transform rural economies and... View Article
The Ownership Of Agriculture Extension!
Last fortnight has been quite interesting on account of the multiple reactions to the agri-related Budget announcements, especially with regard to High Value Agriculture and Diversification for Green Revolution states, Farmer Producer Companies, and the continued support to NABARD for... View Article
The Budget And The Small Farmer!
Even as the pink papers are busy offering many shades of opinion on the Union Budget, and most editorials have mentioned the difficulty of being a ‘finance minister ‘ in coalition times, little attention has been paid to a significant... View Article
Record Targets for Wheat Procurement Celebrations Or Concern?
Unless immediate steps are taken to liquidate the stocks by finding global opportunities, or setting up an India Food Assistance programme (in conjunction with the Ministry of External Affairs) to support the global campaign against hunger, the public procurement system... View Article
Engaging With Stakeholders In The Cold Chain
In the concluding part of the series on horticulture, the emphasis is on post-harvest management, with special focus on cold chain, and engaging with stakeholders to ensure that extended shelf life of perishables adds to farmers’ incomes and higher availability... View Article
The Demand And Supply Sides Of Horticulture
While production of horticulture crops is growing, the ‘demand’ side is also witnessing a marked growth. As incomes rise and consciousness about ‘healthy foods’ increases, there is a significant change in the consumption basket of consumers. Households are spending significantly... View Article
Horticulture: The Growth Driver Of Indian Agriculture Sector
In this first article of a three part series on Indian horticulture, the author discusses the role of horticulture as the growth driver of India’s agriculture GDP. The subsequent articles cover the global competitiveness of India’s agriculture, and the steps... View Article
Ruminating Horticulture Initiatives
The last year was celebrated with gusto and vigour by the DAC and the agriculture/horticulture departments of the state governments. Some mission directors from states have suggested that this should be extended to March 31, 2013, as the financial year... View Article
The Wonderful World Of Potatoes!
The third edition of the India International Potato Summit and exhibition was held on the sprawling lawns of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute at Pusa on December 21-22, 2012. It would be wrong to call it international, for other than... View Article
Transforming USP of organic production in the North-East Organic By Design
This writer was present as a Guest of Honour on the occasion of the official launch of Naga organic pineapples to the NCR region on the occasion of the North-East Organic Festival organised by the Central Institute of Horticulture, Kohima,... View Article