Low awareness of fertilizer subsidy: A challenge to subsidy reforms
The government has been considering a policy shift to transfer the fertilizer subsidy amount to the bank accounts of farmers rather than fertilizer companies. In our pan-India study with farmers we found that only one-third of the farmers knew that they purchase fertilizers at a subsidized rate. With such low awareness levels, this policy shift may evoke shock and displeasure since this would require farmers to first purchase fertilizers at the market price.
Direct Benefit Transfer in Fertilizer: Fourth round of concurrent evaluation—A nationally representative study
NITI Aayog engaged MSC in a nationally representative study on DBT in fertilizer. This report provides details of the on-the-ground realities of DBT-F implementation and makes actionable recommendations to improve the DBT-F system further.
Assessment of AeFDS (Aadhaar enabled Fertilizer Distribution System) pilot
The report elaborates key findings of the study on three major aspects —Farmer Readiness, Retailer Readiness, and Transaction Status. It also explains best practices being followed by districts based on indigenous wisdom and provides actionable solutions for smooth implementation of AeFDS initiative.