Not more of the same ! (Final)

The undersigned could not restrain him at a roundtable called to discuss the roadmap for agriculture under the new dispensation. It was more of the same thing. Higher allocations, higher MSPs, renaming the ministry, land titles for women, focus on the most vulnerable farmer, and so on and so for. Led by Dr MS Swaminathan, who has indeed played a lead role in transforming India’s agriculture, the meet spelt out ‘expectations’ from a Mai Baap Sarkar. Sorry. This is not the way we can go ahead with agriculture. Even if we double, treble or quadruple the investments in agriculture, it will amount to just four drops in the ocean, instead of one! And it will not make any difference. Instead, we should decide, once and for all, that there be an end to the subsidy regime in agriculture, and put all investments in training, infrastructure, capacity building, value chains and access to water. The four points put forth by yours truly were as follows. First, recognition that India’s

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Not by incentives alone

Your columnist was asked to review a dissertation on the Potential and Prospects of Food Processing in India submitted by a participant in the Advanced Professional Programme for Administrators (APPA) at the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA). This programme is meant for mid- career

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Thank God, I am not a Farmer !

Thank God, I am not a Farmer !
I write these lines after having led an Inter Ministerial central team to the hailstorm affected districts of Maharashtra from 13-15 March. The twenty six members of my team, spread out in groups of two to three , traversed over seven thousand kilometers and made over a hundred ‘on – the –spot

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Revisiting Agriculture Policy

Your columnist 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 positive interventions on the lives,

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NHM R.I.P. Welcome to MIDH!

A revamped Mission for Horticulture! Your columnist is getting new calling cards printed, as by the end of this month, he will cease to be the Mission Director of the National Horticulture Mission. Regrets! No way. The reason is that we have a new avatar to consolidate all interventions in the

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