The barrage of negative farm sector news highlights policy mess extenuating the imponderables around livelihoods in this space where even suicides are not correctly counted.
Farmer unions must understand the wider implications of all policies and widen the horizon of their arguments vis-a-vis farmer rights and policy wrongs.
Farmer unions have confined themselves to issues that resonate with farmers but missing the big picture around genuine transformation of rural livelihood across India.
The policy-making regime seems to be keen to make the grim prognostications around the impact of climate change come true.
Only a sustained and successful awareness campaign to reduce wastage of food and change consumer behaviour can prevent the climate change prophecies from coming true.
The Indian downturn is underscored by a more-than-expected slump in agriculture exports and farmgate prices, lagging food-processing and poor human resources.
Farmers are easily distracted from livelihood issues while the bureaucracy goes for half-baked solutions, driving India into a precarious future.
Entrenched vested interests have rigged the system making it easier to dis-cuss a new approach to the food system than to implement one.
It is time for professional politicians and armchair experts talking big money to step aside and for experts to manage the farm sector
Since the grandiose announcement in 2016 of doubling farmers’ incomes, the real incomes of farmers have fallen. What can the budget offer in 2019?