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Farm crisis: Short-term palliatives are futile

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BusinessLine Some 60 years ago, the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said: “Everything can wait except agriculture”. But for the last two decades, agriculture has been waiting even as the economy has continued to make rapid strides. The country ... More »

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Govt must call the oil import lobby’s bluff

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BusinessLine India’s powerful vegetable oil import lobby has expressed its opposition to the pre-agreed reduction in customs duty on imported palm oil in terms of Malaysia India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement that came into effect from 2012. Curr... More »

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What’s keeping the farm sector grounded

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BusinessLine The government is under intense pressure following large-scale protests by farmers’ groups. The question is not whether these protests are spontaneous or instigated, but whether the policy-makers have done enough proactively to address the problem... More »

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Why doubling agri exports may remain elusive

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BusinessLine The Commerce Ministry is working on a new agricultural export policy. The policy will contribute to doubling of farmers’ incomes, it is said. While details will be unveiled in course of time, data of the last four years are far from flattering. Si... More »

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The risks of big retail

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BusinessLine Traders and growers organisations are protesting against the Walmart-Flipkart deal, which they believe will result in the surreptitious entry of the world’s largest retailer into the lucrative Indian market. They are upset the deal may set a prece... More »

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Loan waivers will hurt farmers more

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BusinessLine The ongoing farm distress around the country compounded by the government’s failure to adequately address the burning issues of this sector has triggered a coalition of farmer bodies to propose a slew of legislative changes intended to deliver rel... More »

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Don’t tinker with duty on imported edible oil

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BusinessLine Policymakers must examine non-price and non-trade initiatives to strengthen the country’s oilseeds and oils sector. July 19, 2017:   The unseemly controversy within the government over a proposed change in the rate of customs duty on imported refi... More »