The MSP hike is unlikely to stem the rural unrest that is gnawing into the ruling alliance’s vote-bank.
The farming infrastructure in Punjab lay in a shambles and the Punjab State Agriculture Commission considered all stakeholder opinions to prepare a policy document, which could be implemented.
Meticulous planning is needed to address the crop residue burning but policy-makers neither understand the cause not the redressal mechanism.
The politics of the country has ignored farmers and it is time for them to change the politics of the country to extricate themselves from the state of utter hopelessness
Finally, a budget that promises to help the policy-battered farm sector though not all issues are addressed.
The presumptive loss to 50 lakh potato farmers on a very conservative basis was ₹30,000 crore or ₹60,000 per potato farmer.
The solution to killer pesticides or to doubling farmer incomes is not limited to on-farm interventions. It stays concealed in the hallowed legislative hallways of a thoroughly compromised system.
Farmers from across the country are out on Delhi’s streets agitating, as the government begins deliberations for the 2018 budget. It is time to seek solutions to the structural issues that plague the system.
As farmers look for a farmer leader, thoughts turn to Chaudhary Charan Singh, the plain-speaking and contrarian leader. A peasant becoming Prime Minister still resonates across rural India.
Policy disconnect has serious consequences and the centre’s policy of not allowing Punjab to diversify is causing damage to the health of people in faraway Delhi.