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India's Agriculture Export Policy: Incidence of non-tariff measures increasing, little understanding of existing restrictions -Seema Bathla & Abhishek Jha

ave scientific research and adequate data to establish a case. The Cabinet approved the first Agriculture Export Policy in December 2018, with the aim to double farmers’ incomes and increase Agricultural Exports to $60 billion by 2022. The policy also focuses on a stable trade regime, diversify exports by products and destinations, and promote perishables and high value-added products. In fact, a sum of Rs. 1,400 crore has been assigned to se

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A vote of no confidence from the farmers -Yogendra Yadav & Avik Saha

nimum Export Price on potatoes in 2014 to importing sugar from Pakistan, this government has followed anti-farmer trade policies. Farm exports were systematically discouraged, leading to a decline in Agricultural Exports from $43 billion on 2013-14 to $33 billion in 2016-17. At the same time, import of lentil, chana, wheat, sugar and milk powder was allowed that led to a crash in crop prices. Please click here to read more.

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Cut their shackles: Why usual methods to rescue farmers will fail, and what can work in their stead -Prerna Sharma Singh

allenges associated with its implementation, in particular, its effectiveness in checking sliding prices. Moreover it will have several unintended consequences, for instance, adverse implications for Agricultural Exports or ecology. There are many crops which already have MSPs that are 50% more than the cost of production, for example, wheat, mustard, barley, gram, millet, black gram and red gram. But that’s not working as can be seen from in

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The misery of farmers in the midst of plenty -Himanshu

arp decline in domestic demand for agricultural commodities, including food and fodder. Unlike previous years when exports growth made up for deficient domestic demand, the last three years have seen Agricultural Exports decline from $43 billion in 2013-14 to $33 billion in 2016-17. The agricultural sector is now in a vicious cycle, with low demand leading to declining prices and declining incomes and wages. The only way this situation can be remedied

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Freeing the farm -Ashok Gulati & Shweta Saini

-The Indian Express Raising Agricultural Exports requires the government to unburden policy of consumer bias. A balance should be struck between meeting the needs of food-insecure consumers and income-insecure farmers. The Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan Singh, recently tweeted about the government’s resolve to increase the value of the country’s Agricultural Exports to $100 billion by

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Budget steps may not lift rural consumption soon -Ratna Bhushan & Sagar Malviya

care oil and Saffola cooking oil. Finance minister Arun Jaitley's measures this year include a minimum support price (MSP) for crops of at least 1.5 times the cost of production, liberalisation of Agricultural Exports, increase of institutional credit for the agriculture sector, doubling of allocation for food processing and health protection coverage of Rs 5 lakh for 100 million poor and vulnerable families. Please click here to read more.

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Potential of farm exports not fully tapped, says study

her agri-commodities like buffalo meat, onion and groundnut, the crisis translated into greater export opportunities,” according to the study. Pointing towards inconsistency in India’s Agricultural Exports policy that in most years for majority of products, the policymakers used restrictive export policies to keep domestic prices low. “This showed the pro-consumer bias and it means that policies more than often harm the farmers&rs

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Farm Policy: The window for agricultural reform is closing fast -Pravesh Sharma

ry major step taken by the Centre — be it the land reforms agenda of the 1950s and the adoption of Green Revolution technologies in the following two decades or even farm loan waivers, curbs on Agricultural Exports and the push to delist fruits & vegetables from the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) regulations — has been decided in a unilateral manner by New Delhi. States are presented with fait accompli, which they have th

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Agriculture economics: The next big farm solution - cutting production costs -Harish Damodaran

ian farmers experienced rising incomes from higher crop prices year after year — something they pretty much took for granted. That party ended with the crash in global commodity prices, hitting Agricultural Exports hard and translating into lower farm-gate realisations for most crops. But there has also been a second, domestic, factor: the adoption of ‘inflation targeting’ by the Centre and RBI, entailing a formal commitment to li

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Paradox of plenty -Neelkanth Mishra

n that agriculture will shed workers. We no longer need 49 per cent of our workforce producing food for the rest of us. In the US just 2 per cent of the population is in agriculture, with substantial Agricultural Exports. As one researcher we met mentioned, doubling farmer incomes may need the number of farmers to halve, and he was only half-joking. This makes the job creation challenge much bigger than it already is.   The writer is In

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