What we’re watching in agriculture and trade in 2019

It’s been a hectic year in agriculture. From trade disputes to trade negotiations, farmers’ frustrations with carbon-tax policy and a harvest that never seemed to end, there’s been no shortage of things to write about. As 2018 heads to greener pastures, here are five issues we’ll be watching on the farm and food fronts in 2019.

Credit flow to agriculture increased by 57 per cent: Govt

DD news LiveAgricultural credit flow has increased by 57 per cent to Rs 11 lakh crore in the last 4 years, the Agriculture Ministry said on Monday.

In a statement, the Ministry said that interest subsidy has also been increased by one and half times to 15 thousand crore rupees.

It said, several steps have been taken in the interest of farmers and farmers welfare is the primary goal of this government’s agricultural policy.

Heroes who loved green, reaped success in 2018

Agriculture is not everyone’s cup of tea. But there are some heroes who realised the importance of farming and decided to preserve crops. There is a general misconception that those who take up agriculture as their career have failed in other areas of life. The success stories of some the heroes mentioned here prove that a great amount of effort and skill is required to succeed in agriculture too.

Six months on, agriculture policy still in pipeline

More than six months have passed, but the draft of state agriculture policy has been shuttling between the government and the Punjab State Farmers’ and Farm Workers’ Commission.

The draft had important recommendations such as curbing mindless use of pesticides, reviewing free power subsidy to well-of warmers and agrarian crisis.

Technology buzzwords that became a reality in 2018

Rapid advances in technology have ensured that buzzwords become reality. “Data is the new currency or data is the new oil” has never been truer than it is today as innovation in technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) are giving rise to computing systems that can see, hear, learn and reason.

While the list is long, let’s take a moment to visit—or revisit—some of the most important tech trends that shaped the past year.

Agricultural issues and challenges in Andhra Pradesh during 2004 to 2014

During the decade of 2004 to 2014 the agriculture in united AP faced number of problems and farmers suffered due to declining crop yields, widening yield gaps in comparison with best yields in the country, increasing prices of agriculture inputs resulting in increased cost of cultivation and changes associated with climate variability.

Trade wars cost US, China agri industries billions of dollars each in 2018

The US-China trade war resulted in billions of dollars of losses for both sides in 2018, hitting industries including autos, technology – and above all, agriculture.

Broad pain from trade tariffs outlined by several economists shows that, while specialized industries including U.S. soybean crushing benefited from the dispute, it had an overall detrimental impact on both of the world’s two largest economies.

Rural Distress: A Regular Unconditional Basic Income Idea For India, Says Varun Gandhi

Rural distress, in fundamental terms, remains more of a continual issue than a recurring one. Throughout my travels to the Indian rural hinterland across the nation, one could sense that the existence of a village, largely dependent on agriculture, remains fragmented along delicate faultlines, often a result of large scale structural weakness in our agricultural edifice.

At a granular level, marginal farming in India is a highly complex and decision-intensive process. The farmers have to make a variety of decisions starting from his choice of crops (annual or short term) and their time of tillage. The challenge is further exacerbated with rising prices of agricultural inputs, soil suitability and pest management. Compound these uncertainties, with unavailability of water, improper access to clean energy, lack of timely & affordable credit and inadequate marketing reforms and we get a cornucopia of factors responsible for agrarian distress.

Time to Skip Loan Waivers? 3 States That Offer Farmers a Unique Way Forward

Since April 2017, eight state governments have promised to waive farm loans of over a combined Rs 1,90,000 crore.
This is a staggering figure, and in many ways goes on to show the depth of the agrarian crisis. Millions of farmers are falling into the debt trap as a result of crashing prices for produce, low remuneration and poor access to markets.