“We must do something. See, how prices of groundnut, cotton, and onion we produce have gone down,” a 45-year-old sharecropper says, adding that the market price of onions, “around Rs 250 per quintal may not even cover my transportation expense”.
Agrarian crisis is an opportunity, for the government that assumes office after elections, to enact a law giving farmers the right to sell any quantity of their produce to anybody, anywhere and at any time.
The Congress president, at the rally, said that the “PM is right when he says he has worked a lot” for the country in last five years. “Indeed, he has worked a lot, but only for the rich. The Chowkidaar is always at service of the rich and the mighty,” Rahul Gandhi said.
Since for the farmer, it is not mere output but income (output multiplied by price) that matters, growth in nominal agricultural GVA being at low single-digits isn’t good news. Nor would it be so for any ruling party ahead of elections.