Articles by Vivian Fernandes
Feb 02, 2020
Budget 2020: Unless Centre gets states to enact model laws, farm investment and incomes cannot riseNext year’s budgeted outlay for agriculture is 32 percent higher than the revised estimates but just three percent more than the Budget estimate of this year.
Dec 06, 2019
Onion prices will stay high for some time; restrain or abstain like Sheikh Hasina, Nirmala SitharamanThe delayed arrival of monsoon in the onion-growing regions affected the early Kharif crop.
Nov 14, 2019
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman wants 10,000 FPOs to be set up, but this might not be a prudent policyFPOs will also have to get over the development or welfarist mindset of the NGOs that promote them.
Jul 08, 2019
Is the Green Revolution broken to go back to Zero Budget farming? Nirmala Sitharaman should have waited for official panel's study reportsThe Green Revolution in Palekar’s view is a disaster. His website says the land has been laid waste wherever it has been practised.
Jun 18, 2019
NITI Aayog to sound out chief ministers on keeping essential commodities act in abeyance, says member Ramesh ChandNo state has adopted the model APMC Act in its entirety except Arunachal Pradesh. The others have inserted riders, says Ramesh Chand
May 04, 2019
Gujarat govt offers to play the umpire; suggests PepsiCo India make it a party to contracts with potato farmersRealising it was losing the battle of perceptions, PepsiCo accepted the face-saver of a negotiated settlement which the Gujarat government offered.
May 01, 2019
PepsiCo sues potato farmers: US firm is right in enforcing its IPR, but slapping Rs 1 cr law suit is bad opticsThe private dispute between the company and farmers became a political issue after 192 organisations publicly urged PepsiCo to withdraw its suit
Apr 25, 2019
Agricultural crisis: Why BJP's poll promise of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 is a lofty ambitionDoubling farmers’ inflation-adjusted income from the current levels, say in six years, will be possible if the government acts in mission mode.
Mar 26, 2019
Stray cattle menace Part 2: Uttar Pradesh farmers driven to despair by harassment from cow vigilantes, extortion from policeUttar Pradesh is the cow belt and the streets of Kanpur provide ample evidence of it.
Jan 19, 2019
DGCA bars A320 Neo planes to Port Blair: Aviation regulator should pay attention to skyrocketing prices of food, beverages at airports, tooPassengers must have a choice of affordable food, especially when they are required to fly at odd hours or spend time at airports to catch connecting flights.