(with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD))
1.1.1 Land use policy:
The key objective would be to study is how in land acquisitions laws, in the context of increasing urbanization and industrialization have ensured transparency and efficiency in land acquisition and land use pattern for both the farmers as well as the project developers and how the proposed 2015 Land Acquisition Bill can fill the gaps, if any.
1.1.2 Tenancy Laws:
Analyzing the nature of tenancy laws and how tenancy regulations have impacted the land utilization patterns and thereby productivity of agriculture. This would help suggest changes in tenancy laws to promote efficiency and equity in land utilization.
1.1.3 Soil Health:
Finally, the study would seek to know the status of soil health, especially in the light of our fertilizer use policies. This would help to understand how best to keep our soils healthy and more productive.
1.2.1 Water Productivity:
ICRIER has proposed to calculate the water productivity of selected crops in various states.
1.2.2 Timely completion of surface irrigation projects:
Secondly, a comparison of selected state / center financed irrigation projects is proposed to be made with those financed under RIDF and monitored by NABARD with a view to see the time and cost over-runs. This would help policies that can ensure timely completion of projects with least cost over-runs thereby promoting efficiency in augmenting our irrigation resources.
1.2.3 Checking groundwater depletion:
Studying the deteriorating condition of groundwater due to over utilization, assess the reasons behind the state of affairs, and explore possible best practices for its sustainable use.
1.3.1 The first study is on Dairy Sector covering all the models that are in operation in India viz., multinational, government/cooperative and domestic private sectors. These models focus on how the small farmers selling their produce to these dairies, how the processing and trading of milk and milk products is financed and what is the impact of those financing patterns on Competitiveness, Sustainability and Scalability of the dairy sector.
1.3.2 The second study on horticulture sector covering vegetables (onions and potatoes) and /or fruits (bananas and mangoes).
1.3.3 The third study is in the area of pulses, whose prices have risen so sharply and which is becoming a high value commodity, and in which India is facing continuous and constant shortage. Alternatively, poultry sector which consist of contract farming by small farming can also be considered.