Looking Beyond Farm Loan Waivers: Emerging Perspectives – Part 1

Farm Loan Waivers

The announcement of loan waivers for farmers has been cited as one of the key factors for a leading national party’s return to power in three Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. As we write this, diverse views from numerous experts on the efficacy of farm loan waivers are already in the air.

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Time For An Inward-looking Agriculture Export Policy

Edible Oil Imports in India

As discussed in our previous blog, India’s Agriculture Export Policy should incentivise domestic agri producers to produce value-added agri products to fuel the country’s increasing appetite for premium products on account of a fast-rising middle class. The case of Edible Oil consumption in India is a good example.

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Agriculture Export Policy: Looking Within

Agri India

With every passing year, more and more Multinational Companies (MNCs) across the globe are entering the Indian market to sell value-added agri products that fetch far higher prices than what their India-sourced raw commodities fetch. For e.g. a popular brand’s 250 gms. packet of Cornflakes, with minimal fortification, sells at a 3-4 times higher price than raw cornflakes. The same goes for Imported Fruits like Apples, Oranges and Grapes that command a premium of 50-100% over the ones produced in India.

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A National Agriculture Market Beyond Mandis

National Agricultural Market

When it comes to marketing surplus agricultural produce in India, approximately 30% is traded through regulated agricultural markets, popularly known as Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMC) or Mandis.

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Scientific Disposal of Buffer Stocks in India – Part 3 of 3

Buffer Stock

In the first and second part of this series on ‘Scientific Disposal of Buffer Stocks in India’, we spoke about why India urgently needs a concrete, scientific and systematic disposal plan for buffer stocks.

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