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Hybrid Mustard and Biotechnology

The government’s decision to move ahead on the much-delayed genetically modified mustard developed by the University of Delhi signifies a turnaround and bodes well for the country’s food system. Numerous tests over the last 20 years prove its safety for food, feed, and the environment in the Indian context. The resultant hybrid DMH-11 gives a yield advantage of 37% with the same level of inputs. Our analysis shows that the farming community will get 99% of the additional monetary gains, leaving only 1% to the seed companies. Establishing a hybrid seed production system through this approval is a breakthrough, and several new hybrids with higher yields and desirable characteristics might follow in the next few years that can lead to a turnaround in mustard production.

Decelerating Farmers’ Incomes

Caught in the “Hindu rate of growth,” farmers’ income growth decelerated in recent years. It is possible to break free of this by implementing policy correctives—reducing anti-agriculture bias, promoting livestock and labour-intensive rural manufacturing, liberalising agricultural output markets, and spurring investments.

Skewed Food Policies, Distorted Inter-crop Parity, and Nutri-cereal Farmers

Farmer profitability, cost of food production, and associated issues of nutri-cereals are analysed by leveraging a large database spanning a 35-year period. The skewed food policies being followed in India are highlighted here.

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