Agriculture

HALVING COSTS, DOUBLING INCOME: AN ANALYSIS OF PPP IN KISAN RAIL

May 10, 2020

With the ambitious plan of doubling the framers’ income by 2022-23, Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech introduced Kisan Rail scheme. In an effort to build a coherent national supply chain for perishable products, Kisan Rail train with frozen containers will be started along with refrigerated coaches being added in Express and Freight trains for the transportation of perishable goods from the producer to the market. This farm to fork model is aimed to be set up via PPP model.

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Critical Factors Contributing to the Spread of Fall Armyworms from a Data Science Perspective

May 3, 2020

[The study was co-authored by Dr. Shravani Basu, Ángel de Jaén Gotarredona, Dr. Sébastien Foucaud & Dr. Mukti Sadhan Basu for SBSF Consultancy and originally published on towardsdatascience.com. The full study shall be published in a series of articles and this is the first article of that series.] Goals of the study Although existing and […]

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The Enigma of Agriculture’s Dismal Performance in India

February 6, 2020

The contrasting scenarios of record agricultural production and grinding poverty illustrate what is described as the “paradox of plenty” in the agriculture sector. India wastes around food worth approximately $14 billion each year, according to government figures.

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Unnecessary Agri-Imports of India: A Country with Diverse Crop Growing Situations

January 1, 2020

It reminds me how India became close to self-reliant in edible oil by doubling the output from 7.0 million tons of oil to nearly 14.0 million tons in no time with the launching of First Technology Mission on Oilseeds (TMO) in 1986. The simple interventions were price incentive to oilseed growers, procurement guarantee and total restriction on import of edible oils.

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FROM ROOFTOP TO TABLETOP: IN A MATTER OF MINUTES

December 8, 2019

Rooftop agriculture allows urban areas to become more innovative and efficient in their resource utilization through smart farming towards producing local, clean and healthy food (free from residues) with much reduced carbon footprints.

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Over Emphasis on Import of Food Legumes Bound to Damage Future Production of Pulses in India

November 21, 2019

It’s a pity that India in spite of having unique opportunities to double the Lentil, Green gram and Black gram production in Rice Fallows particularly in the inland coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Odisha, West Bengal, and other upland ecosystem in Eastern and North-eastern States besides improving yields in other pulses, the Country is resorted to import Pulses heavily on regular basis!

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Time to Turn Adversities of Air Pollution into Opportunities: Fortify Straw with Groundnut Haulms

November 17, 2019

The havoc created by Air Pollution in Delhi NCR could be turned into an opportunity by creating a National Fodder Bank utilising Rice-Wheat straw, left for burning, and fortifying the same with nutritious food legume stover.

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Spurious Seed, Sick Farmers, Dwindling Agri-Economy – A Stumbling Block on the Road to New India, Five Trillion Economy

October 16, 2019

Enhanced crop productivity is eminent in neutralizing input costs and thereby posting profits in farm income. The single most critical factor in profitable agri-venture is Seed.

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Great Policy Initiatives in Agri Export Will Need Even Greater Ground Level Support for Success

October 15, 2019

Ministry of External Affairs has designated one officer each in 10 selected missions as Agriculture Counsellor. While welcoming such an aggressive strategy for developing international agricultural trade to achieve a growth target that is quantifiable, I would urge upon the government to take a top-down approach to bring about sweeping reforms (even at the risk of inviting criticisms and protests for heavy handedness).

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India’s Wheat Conundrum

September 15, 2019

Regulation of international trade in wheat should be governed by market forces rather than by frequent tariff and import control interventions. Instead, the government should focus on making Indian wheat produce cost and quality competitive.

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