Strengthen markets to aid farmers (Mint)

India’s Mint published an op-ed by Avinash Kishore assessing the Indian government’s agrarian policies intended to double farmers’ incomes. In the article, Kishore argues that various government schemes to augment farmers’ incomes have had little impact on ground, and agriculture continues to be a high-risk, low-return enterprise. “Experience shows that what hurts farmers today, almost always hurts the consumers tomorrow. To help farmers and consumers, the government must strengthen markets, and not kill them,” said Kishore in the article. (Photo credit: Melissa Cooperman/IFPRI)