Shashanka Bhide is currently Senior Research Counsellor at NCAER, New Delhi. Trained as an agricultural economist he has worked in a variety of applied economics areas, ranging from macroeconomic modelling, forecasting and poverty analysis to infrastructure development and agriculture. He received his Ph. D in Agricultural Economics from Iowa State University, US, M.Sc from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi and B.Sc from University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore. He has published in academic journals, co-authored a book on an econometric model for India and two books on India’s state economies.

Making new farm technologies work

The technologies should be applicable across agro-climatic zones and economic conditions. »

Food inflation is a structural problem

The various explanations for high food inflation that unfolded and endured in the past year and a half, would suggest that the sudden decline in the rate of food inflation should be viewed merely... »

Impact of rising costs on farm labour

Although rigorous analysis is still awaited, it is now fairly widespread experience in agriculture that labour is becoming more expensive and often not available. Rising wage costs obviously refle... »

The ‘demand' side of agriculture

Urban growth and a change in consumption patterns can benefit small and large farmers. »

Gains from farm mechanisation

The rural economy often throws up surprises. It acts as a source of demand even when there is slump in demand elsewhere. This feature of rural demand may fade as the rural-urban distinction become... »

Effects of higher farm support prices

Ensuring that the farm sector remains commercially viable is an important policy goal, given India's growing requirements for food. »

Regional disparities in farm productivity

Both higher investments and technology improvements can address variations in output and income levels. »

Making farm markets deliver

The spurt in food prices and their divergence across locations have not escaped the notice of producers and consumers. The case for organised retail has become stronger in view of the infirmities in the distribution chain. »

Farming and industrial slowdown

Non-food agriculture is more likely to be affected by the deceleration in industrial production than the food sector. Demand for agro inputs would moderate as sales of agro-based industries take a hit. »

Land use trends in farm sector

A ban on change in land use from agriculture to other uses is not workable, because the alternative uses may be equally critical. For instance, there could be a higher demand for housing within rural areas. »
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