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.
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.
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.
It is time for professional politicians and armchair experts talking big money to step aside and for experts to manage the farm sector