Govt plans panel to address farmers’ woes

The UP government will soon set up a farmers’ commission to address problems of the farming community.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: May 3, 2012 5:33 am

The UP government will soon set up a farmers’ commission to address problems of the farming community.

The commission will deal only with agricultural problems and their scientific solution,and not interfere in the administrative functioning of the agriculture department. “The farmers’ commission will monitor research being undertaken by agriculture universities and other bodies of the state. It will keep an account of their utility for farmers,” said Agriculture Minister Raja Anand Singh.

There are already separate sub-sections in the agriculture department dealing with different crops,and which provide necessary inputs to farmers. The state also has agriculture universities at Kanpur and Faizabad. “Some committees were formed earlier to povide research inputs to farmers. I am looking into their details. The commission will be on similar lines but more effective and visible,” said Singh.

The minister said the commission will consist of top agriculture scientists,farmers,legislators and bureaucrats. “I am personally contacting agriculture scientists and workers for being part of the proposed commission,” he said. The members will make field visits,interact with farmers and collect information about their problems. “There is no denying that farmers are neglected. They do not get good prices for their produce and the commission will provide means for increasing their yield without incurring any extra burden,” he said.

Singh said the state has good agri-experts. “We have agriculture universities and research centres,so we can draw members from these bodies. Their talent will be put to use for the benefit of the farmers.” The commission will also be a forum for addressing problems of farmers. “Farmers can approach them with their agriculture-related problems. The commission will provide scientific and research-based answers to their queries. But it will have no say in administrative working of the department,” said Singh.

The farmers’ commission will also prepare a blueprint for setting up village and cottage industries,where farming can act as a source for raw materials.

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