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Apr 24 6 tweets 2 min read
Do we understand the food we eat? Know it, intimately? The few who do, are making ginormous profits from our ignorance. The state is complicit. We are oblivious. Farmers sell #wheat for Rs21/kg while we buy packaged whole wheat flour @ Rs41/kg. So how is the food processing industry benefiting either farmers or consumers? What explains this wholesale-retail price wedge?
Apr 17 8 tweets 2 min read
After speaking to farmers in several states, experts and industry insiders, my sense is that a #wheat crisis is imminent for India in the next 4-5 months, or earlier The agri ministry is estimating a crop size of record 111 million tonnes, but actual production is likely to be at least 10% lower due to the March heatwave and also shift in acreage from wheat to mustard
Sep 19, 2020 9 tweets 2 min read
Will the #farmersbill benefit farmers? The short answer is, we don't know yet. Flagging a few gaps here. A thread. With the new set of laws, trade will likely move out of regulated mandis to save on taxes and fees. Will traders pass on their savings to farmers? Looks unlikely.
Jan 29, 2019 4 tweets 2 min read
The raging debate over @RahulGandhi s promised #MinimumIncomeGuarantee is a good sign. Happened due to the hollowness of the empowerment narrative of Modi. In a country where future well-being of a new born is decided by where she is born, the role of welfare state is immense PM Modi tried the market/empowerment route to governance. Eg. Crop insurance for farmers, Skill India.. Most of these programs have failed to bring about real change, so we are back to discussing the role and reach of a welfare state.