India is failing on the nutritional self-sufficiency score and policy-makers should correct strategy stance, empowering the farmer to produce for nutritional adequacy.
The pandemic has deepened the farm crisis and the stimulus pales into insignificance when compared to inexorable disenfranchisement of the farmer.
The farm ordinances fail to resolve the dilemma of depressed farmer livelihoods even while amputating the ameliorative measures earlier built into the system.
The lockdown impacts different farming spaces differently and unless the bureaucracy consults the affected stakeholders the farm sector crisis will only deepen.
As the Indian economy flounders the bigotry of those who make policy for the affluent only eats into the core of Indian society.
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.