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Economics of Dairy Farming in India

Pointing out the analytical and conceptual flaws in the paper, “Do Producers Gain from Selling Milk? An Economic Assessment of Dairy Farming in Contemporary India” (EPW, 24 June 2017), this article explores the economics of milk production in India. It highlights, in particular, the need for any analysis of the dairy sector in India to take into consideration the interactions between crop and livestock production systems.

Farmer Producer Companies

In his article titled “Farmer Producer Companies: Fermenting New Wine for New Bottles” (EPW, 20 February 2016), Tushaar Shah criticises the lack of design-thinking in the promotional process of the farmer producer companies. This response argues that there are inherent structural issues in agriculture that prevent FPCs from matching the scale and the turnover of the milk producer companies.

Responsible Fisheries?

The article “Responsible Fisheries: Kerala Fish Workers Open New Path in Co-governance” (EPW, 29 August 2015) argued that the “Kochi Initiative” in Kerala—a collaboration between fishers and government scientists—was a major breakthrough in fisheries governance. We suggest that these authors cheered too soon. Through evidence from coastal Tamil Nadu, we note the history of the debate among fishers on environmental and justice impacts of new technology. Fisher management skills are usually ignored by state agencies which also fail to govern effectively. While co-management is the way to go, it requires more state effort.

Payment for Ecosystem Services

The proposal of advocating payment for ecosystem services for Indian farmers (“Payment for Ecosystem Services: Guaranteed Farm Income and Sustainable Agriculture,” EPW, 29 April 2017) needs closer scrutiny to understand its nuances.

Ambedkar’s Framing of Religious Ideas

This comment on “Ambedkar as a Political Philosopher” by Valerian Rodrigues (EPW, 15 April 2017) adds a few more thoughts to the exploration of B R Ambedkar’s framing of ideas about religion in the Annihilation of Caste .

Naxalbari and After

The special section “Naxalbari and After” (EPW, 27 May 2017) covered only the armed-struggle trend in the Naxalbari movement. The author briefly writes about the other major trend in the movement, represented by the Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist)–Liberation.

Game Theory in Economics

Adding to the ongoing debate on how best to understand game theory and its relevance to economics, a response toAtanu Sengupta and Abhijit Ghosh’s “Non-cooperativeGame Theory and Pay-off” (EPW, 28 January 2017).

What Is India’s Urbanisation Riddle?

Looking at two articles published in the EPW that analyse census data to argue for different understandings of the trends of urbanisation in India, it is argued that both articles present only facets of urbanisation. To understand urbanisation in all its complexity, decadal census data will serve only a complementary role, while field studies that provide thick descriptions of new urban spaces are essential.

Agrarian Distress: Beyond Cropping Pattern and Credit

Pointing out some analytical and factual limitations in Ajay Dandekar and Sreedeep Bhattacharya’s paper (EPW, 27 May 2017), important aspects of agrarian distress are discussed.

Black Economy and Demonetisation

In response to the macromodel in “Theoretical Analysis of ‘Demonetisation’” (EPW, 17 December 2016), this article looks at some fundamentals of macroeconomics—consumption function, money demand function, investment behaviour, and money supply—taking the black economy into consideration.

Promoting Farm Ponds

Although the article “Problematic Uses and Practices of Farm Ponds in Maharashtra” (EPW, 21 January 2017) by Eshwer Kale rightfully highlights pertinent issues regarding the policy of promoting farm ponds and the manner in which farmers are using these structures; the solutions espoused by the author and the Maharashtra government are devoid of expertise regarding technicalities related to terrain, geography and water-pumping technologies.

Availability of Pulses in Rural Karnataka

In a response to “Making Pulses Affordable Again” (EPW, 7 January 2017) by P K Joshi, Avinash Kishore and Devesh Roy this article aims to bring to the fore the importance of using district-level data on nutritional levels and pulse production, that can better inform public policy and help improve human development indicators.

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