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Farm Sizes Are Shrinking, Amazingly

India’s agriculture sector grew over 3% on an average annual basis in agriculture during the 11th Plan (2007-2012), and the sector accounted for 13.7% (advance estimates) of the GDP at…

The Government’s (Almost Silent) Agricultural Spending Boost

Finance Minister P Chidambaram re-iterated the UPA Government’s commitment to agriculture when he announced a 22% increase in agricultural lending target to Rs 700,000 crore for banks in 2013-14. He…

That Dreaded (& Deteriorating) Fiscal Deficit Figure

That Dreaded (& Deteriorating) Fiscal Deficit Figure

  Highlights * High deficit with lower growth can lead to unsustainable debt levels   * Kelkar Report says deficit would cross 6% if reforms are not implemented   *…

How China Beats India In Agriculture Productivity

How China Beats India In Agriculture Productivity

Could India’s track record in agricultural output have been better than what it is currently? As IndiaSpend has written in recent weeks, deficient monsoons usually turn the spotlight on these…

How UP Beats Maharashtra, Gujarat In Agriculture Productivity

How UP Beats Maharashtra, Gujarat In Agriculture Productivity

Indian agriculture’s fate is inextricably linked to the monsoons. Now this may not have been the case where the country’s farmlands are uniformly and sufficiently irrigated. But, as would be…

Indian Agriculture’s Rs 200,000 Crore, 5-Year Unpaid Power Bill

Indian Agriculture’s Rs 200,000 Crore, 5-Year Unpaid Power Bill

Do farmers really benefit from subsidised power? That question deserves a careful answer but what is fairly clear is that the overall cost of subsidised power on the country has…

Down The Drain: India’s Costly (And Losing) Irrigation Battle

Down The Drain: India’s Costly (And Losing) Irrigation Battle

The central government has spent nearly Rs 200,000 crore from the First Five-Year Plan to create an irrigation potential of around 109 million hectare. IndiaSpend’s Prachi Salve finds out in this…

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