The lengthy highway forward


Deepender Deswal

THE agriculture sector isn’t enthused by the Atmanirbhar Bharat slogan. Farmers really feel that the federal government’s insistence on their self-reliance is a climbdown on its promise of doubling their revenue.

“As far as foodgrain production is concerned, the peasantry in Haryana and Punjab is not only self-reliant but also contributes to the national food kitty in a big way. What we want is an improvement in our living standards,” says Prabhu Ram, a farmer of Kirtan village in Hisar district who owns 5 acres. He says regardless of utilising the companies of the whole household all year long, he isn’t capable of earn sufficient to afford good education for his kids or personal a automobile. “After pouring blood and sweat into farming, we still don’t have a decent lifestyle,” he rues.

Dr Kuldeep Dhindsa, an agriculture skilled, says the implementation of the suggestions of the Swaminathan Commission can put the farmers in a significantly better place and uplift the sector as a complete, including that farmers ought to be given the minimal assist value (MSP) for his or her produce.

Ramesh Kumar, a farmer of Bhiwani, says flawed insurance policies just like the current ordinances issued within the title of agricultural reforms are ruining farmers. “These retrograde steps could prove counter-productive instead of making the sector self-reliant,” he claims, including that the try and introduce privatisation within the sector would spell doom for the farmers.

The Vice Chancellor of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (HAU), Prof Samar Singh, says the farm sector employs 55 per cent of the inhabitants and contributes 17 per cent to the GDP. “A great performance by the farmers of Haryana and Punjab ensured that the country became self-reliant in food production. However, the sharp deceleration of agriculture growth in both states is intriguing,” he provides.

The VC says the state authorities’s steps to supply irrigation amenities, all-weather roads to supply rural connectivity and guaranteed marketplace for agricultural produce has helped the farmers. “The future of agricultural prosperity lies in the high-value sectors of agriculture. The state needs to promote crop diversification and encourage the food processing industry, besides micro irrigation technology and sectors such as livestock, fisheries and horticulture,” he says, including that paddy cultivation is resulting in huge depletion of the water desk.

Prof SS Punia, head of the Agronomy Department, HAU, says milk processing must be promoted aggressively by the state authorities. Although Haryana is among the many toppers in ‘per capita per day’ availability of milk within the nation, solely 10 per cent of the entire manufacturing of the state is processed by the organised sector (co-operatives and personal gamers), which may be very low in comparison with Gujarat (about 50 per cent).

“The government should provide incentives to the private sector to improve milk processing and set up several plants to process at least 30-35 per cent of the total production in the coming five years. Linking maize farmers with the dairy sector will help increase milk production through the supply of quality feed. But the abundance of liquid milk will put a downward pressure on its price. The government should incentivise the setting up of milk processing units; The state government can also make the rearing of cattle more profitable to farmers through its vibrant dairy sector, besides developing meat processing, especially of buffaloes, as an export-oriented industry,” he says.

Stumbling block

Prabhu Ram, a farmer of Hisar’s Kirtan village who owns 5 acres, says regardless of utilising companies of his household all year long, he isn’t capable of earn sufficient to afford good education for his youngsters or personal a automobile. “After pouring blood and sweat into farming, we still don’t have a decent lifestyle,” he rues.

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