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WTO and Oilseeds Sector

A further likely lowering of edible oil import tariffs under the WTO may leave India with less scope to provide protection to its domestic oilseeds industry in the future. Besides, in such a situation, India's already high level of imports will make it particularly vulnerable to global price volatility. The country needs to urgently boost its domestic competitiveness in the sector.

Policy Drift in Agriculture

The National Agricultural Policy document continues to be locked in the 'green revolution' paradigm. Current policies and programmes are out of sync with the changed realities in the countryside. We need a National Commission on Agriculture and Rural Development that would undertake systematic and professional reviews of the sector and recommend policy reforms periodically.

Red-Taping Agricultural Research

The committee constituted to review the Indian Council of Agricultural Research has a serious credibility problem. It is a committee of bureaucrats and management experts with just one agricultural scientist.
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