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  • Holland Making Its Mark In Agribusiness

    June 30, 2012 12:50 pm Published by

    This essay is based on my recent visit to Holland with the Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar for the India Netherlands joint working group on agriculture. It is different from the conventional format of my column. Rather than a descriptive account... View Article

  • Agonies Of Agricultural Workers

    June 16, 2012 2:16 pm Published by

    While the FAO and the global community connected with agriculture and food security have rightly drawn the attention of governments and civil society towards the need to strengthen tenure rights for small landholders, and their access to land, forest and... View Article

  • Co-Ops Have Failed Can Fpcs Be A Viable Alternative?

    May 26, 2012 4:19 pm Published by

    That the co-op movement in India is not growing is quite clear. The share in agricultural credit, as well as in the marketing of produce is going down significantly. True the co-op movement still boasts of giants like Indian Farmers... View Article

  • Integrated Chain For Fruits And Vegetables-II

    May 19, 2012 4:07 pm Published by

    Readers may recall that during the last onion crisis in January 2011, the government made a serious attempt to address the spiralling prices by importing onions form Pakistan, and directing Nafed and NCCF to retail onions through select outlets and... View Article

  • Integrated Chain For Fruits And Vegetables

    May 12, 2012 4:57 pm Published by

    Your columnist has been entrusted with the task of envisioning an integrated value chain for fruits and vegetables in the country, taking into account the ground conditions as they exist, and the institutional and technology changes that can be introduced... View Article

  • Investing Abroad In Agri Sector

    May 5, 2012 10:34 am Published by

    It is now obvious from all accounts that ‘agricultural outsourcing’ as a phenomenon is here to stay, and that Indian entrepreneurs are not lagging behind their global peers in acquiring lands in third countries for production of food, flowers, fuel... View Article

  • A PPP In Agriculture? —Part 2

    March 31, 2012 1:18 pm Published by

    Last time, the column had discussed PPPs in agriculture and the steps taken by the Government of India to ensure the practical roll-out during the next financial year. The response from the corporates and the state governments has been positive,... View Article

  • A PPP In Agriculture?

    March 17, 2012 3:53 pm Published by

    Led by changing consumer demand preferences on account of rising incomes and changes in the demand pattern of household food basket in both urban and rural India, the agriculture produce landscape is undergoing a significant and rapid change. Concern for... View Article

  • The Year Of Horticulture

    February 25, 2012 10:35 am Published by

    The Ministry of Agriculture has decided to mark 2012 as the Year of Horticulture to acknowledge the salience and centrality of horticulture in the agricultural development of the country. As has been mentioned in these columns earlier, till very recently,... View Article

  • A Budget For Agriculture

    February 18, 2012 11:44 am Published by

    Even though the Union Budget will not be presented on February 28 this year on account of the elections in five states, this is an occasion to reflect on whether the Union and state governments will follow the Madhya Pradesh... View Article

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