Tuesday, 18 January, 2022
TopicMandis

Topic: Mandis

Research shows intermediaries’ role is misunderstood. Local market realities more at play

Researchers associated with Pennsylvania University’s India study centre looked at agricultural markets of Bihar, Odisha and Punjab. They found that intermediaries are a rational response to the dominant structure of Indian farming.

Protests against farm laws rooted in govt’s ‘communication failure’, say agri experts

At ThePrint’s Off The Cuff, three agricultural experts, Siraj Hussain, Ashok Gulati & Mekhala Krishnamurthy, weigh in on the contentious farm laws and the farmers’ protests.

Licensing, registration of farm produce buyers needs more reform not removal

Under the new law, farmers won’t know if the PAN-wielding buyer has been registered, and also won't have access to timely and updated price information in trading areas.

Improve farm inputs, equip panchayats to verify buyers and make new farm laws work

In my project to evolve the PURA policy with former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, we travelled and met farmers from across India. Four points emerged.

Tomatoes cost Rs 70/kg from Rs 4/kg a month back due to early monsoon & supply shortage

Prices of tomatoes across Delhi could rise to Rs 80/kg as the crop arrival from Himachal Pradesh and Haryana has been hampered since last week.

Modi govt’s three rushed ordinances can help agriculture, but not farmers

None of the new agri-marketing laws have anything to do with the coronavirus or the lockdown, but were brought in by Modi govt when Parliament was shut.

From Meghalaya to Jharkhand, how India is ensuring agri supply chains are not disrupted

In a world living with Covid-19, it is clear that supply chains and logistics should be simple and easy to manage. And that’s what several Indian states are doing.

Subsidised to suffer

Subsidy trap is suicidal as it makes governments believe they are doing enough for farmers. It fools farmers & keeps agricultural input industry within licence-quota-subsidy vortex.

On Camera

YourTurn

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra of Congress, a forerunner of women's question in India | PTI

Be it Congress, BJP, AAP—women’s question in India is a partisan issue. And that’s not so bad

India's woman question tests party imagination. Congress's focus on Nirbhaya, Unnao rape victim, and BJP's Uniform Civil Code show how.
President Xi Jingping addressing a meeting

Nations must secure global supply chains, prevent inflation shocks: Xi Jinping at WEF

In his 3rd address to World Economic Forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping said 'we need to resolve various risks and promote the steady recovery of the world economy'.

Defence

HAL likely to be in fray for Navy’s NUHs after defence ministry junks Coast Guard chopper deal

Last week, the Defence Acquisition Council scrapped the Coast Guard programme to buy 14 twin-engine helicopters under Buy Global category. Other projects under review now.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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