People support independent voices, in this case, the Farmers’ Forum, now 24 issues old. Yet they go to any length to thwart independence if it is contrary to their views
Farm sector policies have not incentivised self-sustainability but have forced farmers on a path where they survive on doles. Will things change under a new government?
The budget has a host of announcements that are vague and numbers that are unconvincing at a time the farm sector needs financial injection and fiscal inclusion.
As in the past, in its bid to pre-empt higher food inflation, the establishment has misread the signals and generated a crisis of lower prices for the farmers.
Mandi middlemen, street vendors, shopkeepers and profiteers, if unchecked, will shatter the dream of millions who elected a new government to tame persistent inflation.
The illusion that “good days are coming” will not last long if the current regime opts for a free-fall towards a free market economy rather than structured liberalisation.
The illusion the “good days are coming” will not last long if the current regime opts for a free-fall towards a free market economy rather than structured liberalisation.
Correct weather advisory, occasional consultations, professional soil testing and some understanding of issues from the farming perspective is all that the farmer wants.
Will there be a farmer representative on the new avatar of the Planning Commission and not a farm economist who is good with figures but has never ever felt the pain of being a farmer?
India ignores science when dealing with both climate change and food security/GM crops. The first needs a top-down approach and achieving food security needs a bottom-up approach.