Articles by Vivian Fernandes
Jul 20, 2018
Panicky government rains sops on sugarcane farmers, risks turning industry diabeticPolitical meddling in the pricing of sugarcane has made the sugar economy unsteady.
Sep 02, 2015
Agriculture's big hope: Farmer producer companies learn to tame middlemenThe rise of farmer producer companies where cultivation is pooled for deriving benefits of scale from fragmented land holdings has helped reduce the middleman's power on pricing. Can these companies now learn to market as well?
Jul 31, 2015
Why, despite high prices, a revolution in pulses production is still far awayDespite high market prices, and many improved seeds, pulses yields are far from optimum.
Jul 25, 2015
Agriculture can be highly profitable, but the gains are not easy to sustainIndia's farmers are good at production. Their Achilles' Heels are marketing and nature's waywardness. If the government could be more proactive, farming can be viable for many, though not all, farmers
May 09, 2015
Punjab, land of the tractor and green revolution, is unlearning its bad farm practicesZero tillage cultivation is graining traction in Punjab, the land where heavy tilling of the land has been a religion so far. It is lowering farm costs, offering better protection in bad years, and creating greener agriculture
Apr 27, 2015
It's not all gloom and doom in agriculture: Innovation is leading the way for these farmersTalk of only gloom and doom helps those who see farmers as supplicants ever in need of state crutches
Mar 16, 2015
As workers leave the fields, mechanised cotton sowers and pickers are driving inAgricultural operations in India are headed for greater mechanisation as farmers everywhere complain that labour is not available when required
Apr 11, 2014
Gujarat model or Modi model? New book says there is only a Modi style of executionThere is a Gujarat model of development with its reliance on private enterprise. Modi leads the investment effort visibly. There is no Modi model of development, but there is a Modi way of executing it.