Articles by Vivian Fernandes
May 13, 2019
Haryana’s Bt brinjal row: Govt must allow farmers to have access to technologies in agriculture to dissuade illegal use of seedsBelieving that with a change of government and of environment minister Bt brinjal could be approved, the activists who are vehemently opposed to GM crops for ideological reasons, have stirred into action.
Mar 27, 2019
Stray cattle menace Part 3: With cattle trade seized up, will the 'cow belt' soon become 'buffalo country'?The population of cattle ─ cow and its progeny – although higher than that of buffaloes, is declining. It had fallen from a peak of 205 million in 1997 to 191 million in 2012
Mar 26, 2019
Stray cattle menace: MP farmers lose sleep over threat to crops from bovines; govt looks for answers in gaushalasThe slaughter of cattle, whether male calves or cows past their utility, is banned in Madhya Pradesh. But traders would take them to West Bengal where their slaughter is allowed, or smuggle them to Bangladesh
Mar 18, 2019
Kanpur tanneries forced to shut for Kumbh Mela, still wait for govt orders to restart; only 26 units out of 266 operationalArray
Mar 11, 2019
Govt reduces Bt Cotton seed prices: Industry sulks at agri ministry’s order; agbiotech companies feel the heatThe Rs 10 reduction in BG-II cottonseed's maximum selling price to Rs 730 per pack will benefit cotton farmers by about Rs 40 crore
Feb 22, 2019
Rash of loan write-offs: YV Reddy proposes agri-risk fund as alternative with Kerala’s Debt Relief Commission as modelAgri risk funds will not deter election-facing ruling parties from ‘bribing’ voters with devices like the income transfer scheme announced in this year’s budget.
Feb 05, 2019
Railways escapes glare of slippages in interim Budget 2019; capex falls short while total spend overshoots estimatesIt is more than a decade since the Railways embarked on accounting reforms. The official website says the opening and closing balance sheets of all the divisions will be done in the new format by April this year. That seems unlikely.
Feb 02, 2019
Budget 2019: Narendra Modi govt has gone back to Congress' 'Garibi Hatao' in same tax-and-spend wayFilling in for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is ailing and under medical treatment in the United States, Piyush Goyal said he was presenting an interim Budget but tabled a full-fledged on
Jan 24, 2019
Govt unlikely to get into a twist over budget propriety by replacing fertiliser subsidy with cash transfersThis year’s budgeted fertiliser subsidy is Rs 70,079 crore. So there will be a change in the form of expenditure, but not of substance.
Jan 21, 2019
Vibrant Gujarat Summits have not helped state improve FDI ranking; focus should be on dynamic Gujarati societyGujarat along with Maharashtra was the top destination for investments even before Narendra Modi as chief minister organised the first Vibrant Gujarat Summit in 2003