The writer is chairman, Bharat Krishak Samaj
Investment in human capital, science and research remains the Achilles heel of Indian policy. The budget allocation for agriculture research and education has constantly declined from 0.31 per cent of the gross value added of agriculture and allied activities in 2011-12 to 0.24 per cent now
Before the storm begins to take a turn for the worse or begins to ebb, it is time also for the farmers to reassess and seek positive concessions, because at the end of the agitation, no one would want a status quo ante, that is inevitable otherwise.
An opportunity has been lost in the lackadaisical handling of the issue.
Each of the poverty alleviation programmes seems to have a recurring theme — being funded by the poor themselves.
Farmers will need to be supported in perpetuity; they can never become atmanirbhar. The question is how best to support farmers such that India may become nutrition self-reliant
Rather than coax the states financially to correct the markets, an unregulated marketplace has been created where 15 crore farmers will be exposed to the skulduggery of traders. Imagine the mayhem in stock markets if ROC and SEBI were similarly made redundant.
Now is the time to cut the Gordian knot to rationalise pay structures. It is within the remit of the government to evoke the constitutional provisions of Article 360 to declare a financial emergency… Those holding the government’s reins must set aside their pride and reverse the ill-conceived corporate tax-cuts.
Farmers have wholeheartedly voted for the PM twice; it is the time he reciprocated the feelings and returned the favour. Every season has an end for a harvest to begin.
There is an ambiguous provision to levy income tax on “dairying”. Either the provision should be removed or it should be clarified that it does not include dairy farmers. Dairying is a part of agriculture and as per the Constitution, it is a state subject.
Affiliation to political parties has been a poisonous pill for the unions. Their leaderships have often become family affairs, where affiliation is rewarded by plum positions when their political mentors are in power.
It’s absolutely essential to invest billions in a decade-long awareness campaign to reduce wastage of food and change consumer behaviour. If not, climate change prophesies will come true.
The perpetual disregard for allocating funds for human resources both at the national and state level has extracted a heavy toll on the nation. Development of human resources must become the foremost priority of Budget 2019 and the defining goal of the next decade.
PM should use majority in Lok Sabha to ensure delivery of agriculture programmes.
Rural crisis needs nuanced interventions, not tall promises in party manifestos
Losses to farmers are far more than can be addressed by Budget 2019
Assembly election results show that deceiving farmers comes with a price
It is important to evaluate the consequences of the Centre’s agriculture policy.
Raising procurement prices of kharif crops will only give false hope to farmers.
Curbing stubble burning is about inducing behavioural changes in farmers.
The country’s politics has ignored the farmers. Perhaps it is time they change the country’s politics
Únion Budget 2018: Budget addresses the crises in agriculture. The devil is in the allocations
The crisis in the potato crop’s prices in two of the four years of the Modi government illustrate that farmers no longer matter to it.
Pesticide Management Bill should address the anomalies that prevent state governments from booking large pesticide companies.
Union government must address structural issues in agricultural policy, allow states greater autonomy.
Agriculture education is in a poor state. ICAR must be revamped