ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Nirupam Mehrotra

Doubling Farmers' Incomes by 2022

How realistic is the objective of the Government of India to double the income of farmers by 2022? Is there a precedent? From estimates of change in income of agricultural households over the period 2003-13, this article suggests what needs to be done to achieve a doubling of real incomes. A focus on income from cultivation alone will be inadequate. Policy aimed at increasing net income from animal farming will be key.

Agriculture Credit: The Truth behind the Aggregate Numbers

While the annual agricultural credit disbursement targets have been surpassed in recent years by the credit purveying agencies, the comfort behind these aggregate numbers disappears when it is examined in terms of the regional distribution and disbursal by size/class of landholdings. Given that the flow of agriculture credit has not necessarily been inclusive in the last decade, this analysis points out that while deciding on the targets for the Twelfth Five-Year Plan, it is important to address the regional and size imbalances. It is also important to recognise the need to synchronise the flow of credit with the agricultural seasons so as to optimise its impact on agricultural production.