21 January, 2021

Mind The Crease

Sharad Pawar, agriculture minister. More agony, less ecstacy.

Fotocorp (From Outlook, May 21, 2012)
Mind The Crease

Pawar’s Report Card

The Negatives

  • Per capita availability of cereals and pulses has fallen in last eight years
  • No improvement in irrigation, 60% of agriculture still dependent on monsoons
  • Farmers growing cereals, sugarcane, oilseeds and pulses assured higher MSP, but majority don't benefit
  • Production up, but not productivity. Farmer suicides are on the rise.
  • Poor market advisory on exports being misused to buy cheaply from farmers and make profits overseas
  • Pawar referred to as “sugar minister” for promoting sugar industry interests
  • Big push to private seed companies is raising farm input costs with little hope of recouping expenses

The Positives

  • Pushed the boom in horticulture, fisheries, poultry. Has helped Indian farm sector chalk higher growth.
  • Has ensured higher production in cotton, milk, fruits and vegetables


To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.

In this article:

More from Lola Nayar

Latest Magazine

January 25, 2021

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section