Expert’s Speak

India is losing about 2 to 3% of GDP growth because of hunger issue.: Shenggen Fanm, DG, IFPRI

US based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), is part of a global network which looks into agriculture and food security issues closely in developing countries.  Dr Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI spoke to www.indianagribusiness.com on challenges faced by small farmers in India. Q: What would be your suggestion for[…]

We grow more trees than we harvest: Sanjay Singh, Vice President, Indian Paper Manufacturers Association (IPMA)

The Indian Paper Industry with an estimated annual turnover of Rs 40,000 crore is passing through a tough phase because of scarcity in raw material scarcity, rising input prices and a sudden rush of duty free imports are hitting the industry. Sanjay Singh, Vice President, Indian Paper Manufacturers Association (IPMA)[…]

No possibility of import of milk in the near future: T Nanda Kumar, Chairman, NDDB

T Nanda Kumar, former union food and agriculture secretary, took over chairmanship of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in March, 2014  from Amrita Patel, who held the post for 15 years. In 1965, NDDB was set up through an act of Parliament for replicating the success of the ‘Amul’ in[…]

“The key challenge is not only to raise land productivity but also water productivity and simultaneously build effective value chains” Ashok Gulati

The new NDA government has its task cut out for rejuvenating the Indian agriculture as the sector faces complex and critical challenges faced by agricultural sector. Ashok Gulati, Chair Professor Agriculture, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and former Chairman of Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices[…]

We will be in a better position to deal with impact of climate variability when we have a multiple crops system: Prof Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University

“We will be in a better position to deal with impact of climate variability when we have a multiple crops system” Well know agricultural scientist and vice-chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, Prof Baldev Singh Dhillon advocated that the farmers in other parts of the country to learn from Punjab and[…]

Face to face: Dr B C Bansal, Director, the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) or India’s national gene bank

“We got some excellent material which has got resistance to terminal heat stress, a problem with rising temperature particularly in northern plains where most of wheat is grown,” The secret behind India’s rising food production in the last many years has been attributed to huge genetic resources of the country.[…]

The main reason is complete absence of policy and institutional response to significant changes in demand for onion in the recent years

By Dr Ramesh Chand, Director & Raka Saxena, Senior Economist National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi Onion price shocks are hitting India frequently and they are getting severe. The main reason for this is complete absence of policy and institutional response to significant changes in demand[…]

Can farming be turned into a profitable profession?

A farmer tells his son, “Study well and get a job or you will suffer like me” Ajay Vir Jakhar A Farmer & Chairman of Bharat Krishak Samaj (Farmers’ Forum India) This is not an isolated warning by a hapless father, but a reality that plays out time and again[…]

“Indian agriculture is growing at 3-3.5% annually but it has a potential to grow at 5%”

Agricultural expert and currently the Chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), Dr Ashok Gulati has been closely associated with the Indian agricultural sector. CACP was set up in 1965 to advise the government on the pricing policy for major agricultural commodities and evolve a balance and[…]