The solution cannot be the controversial GM crop technology

By Devinder Sharma|November 24, 2017   |0  Comments

Unfortunately Maharashtra has given a ‘no-objection certificate’ for field trials of GM varieties of five crops – rice, brinjal, maize, chickpea and cotton. This approval comes at a time when most States have refused to permit field trails Continue reading


Why does the world need SHG’s, just ask World Bank to perform the rope trick

By Devinder Sharma|November 24, 2017   |0  Comments

While most governments across the world have failed to stem poverty, the international financial institutions are bending backwards to demonstrate that economic liberalization helps in reducing poverty, and often drastically. Continue reading


India awakening to desi breeds will give boost to A2 milk consumption

By Devinder Sharma|November 24, 2017   |0  Comments

India is finally waking up to the importance of its native cow breeds. After the Govt provided some funds for the Gokul Mission, Ministry of Agriculture is setting up two research stations for improve the neglected breeds. Continue reading


A good year for agriculture, a bad year for farmers

By Devinder Sharma|November 24, 2017   |0  Comments

Despite a deficient monsoon, 2014 was a year of record agricultural production. But the buoyancy in production failed to translate into a higher income for farmers. It was a year of disappointment for farmers. Continue reading


2014 – The year of tragedy on the farm

By Devinder Sharma|November 24, 2017   |0  Comments

Pick up any newspaper or switch any TV channel, you will not even find a mention of the great continuing tragedy of the farm. It looks as if the other India does not even exist. Continue reading


Bharat Ratna C Subramaniam’s dream of transforming agriculture needs a push

By Devinder Sharma|November 24, 2017   |0  Comments

Although, the NAF has a lot of activities in food and nutrition security, technology transfer, horticulture, farm machinery, water management etc, it hasn’t been able to communicate its role with the people and the policy makers. Continue reading


Farmer suicides: More than what IB can see

By Devinder Sharma|November 24, 2017   |0  Comments

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) 11,772 farmers had reportedly committed suicide in 2013. In the past 17 years, close to 300,000 farmers have committed suicide. Continue reading


While Indian farmers are forced to dump tomatoes in the streets, Indian food processing industry merrily imports cheaper tomato paste from China

By Devinder Sharma|November 24, 2017   |0  Comments

Most of the big brands of tomato ketchup and tomato puree are using imported paste and pulp from China. This is happening at a time when farmers are repeatedly being forced to throw tomatoes onto the streets for want of buyers. Continue reading


The near-freezing of crop prices in India is adding to farm distress

By Devinder Sharma|November 24, 2017   |0  Comments

The writing on the wall is loud and clear. For three years in a row, wheat farmers have received a paltry increase of Rs 50 per quintal (100 kg) per year in the form of minimum support price (MSP), which translates to 50 paise per kg every year. Continue reading


Importing food without shortfall only destroys farm livelihoods.

By Devinder Sharma|November 24, 2017   |0  Comments

There has hardly been a year in memory when farmers have not thrown potato on the streets in protest against low prices. And yet, the government has allowed import of potato for the first time ever. Continue reading