‘Farming is profitable, yet farmers are in crisis’

By TheHindu on 19 Apr 2017 | read

19 Apr 2017

While farming is good and profitable, yet the farmers are facing serious crisis, All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) vice-president Sarampally Malla Reddy said.

“Farming is profitable and that is why corporate houses like Reliance, Tatas, Birlas, ITC and others are entering this sector,” he said addressing a group of farmers after the inauguration of the first meeting of Sangareddy district Telangana Rytu Sangham here on Tuesday.

Individual farmers are struggling due to lack of assured irrigation and when they take their harvest to the market, the prices are dictated by the buyers. Since the corporate houses have been able to gain control over these issues they are raking in profits, Mr. Malla Reddy said.

Growing output

The best indication of health of the sector is the fact that there has been an upward trend in the crop output, the foodgrain production in India has increased to 26 crore tonnes, he pointed out.

“However, the government has failed to address the problems being faced by the farmers resulting in their commiting suicide. More than 2,750 farmers had committed suicide after formation of Telangana State,” he said. It is unfortunate that the officials were giving various reasons for the farmers committing suicide and were unwilling to admit that they were born out of failure of crop yield for those farmers.

Cut input costs

There are efforts on across the globe to reduce the investment cost for farmers, he said and added that similar efforts need to be put in place in India as well.

“The Centre has allocated ₹ 1,300 crore to the State towards drought relief and under 14th Finance Commission. However nothing has reached the farmers,” he pointed out.

Referring to the fixing of price for agriculture produce, the AIKS leader said that it was within the jurisdiction of the States to fix the price, however they were throwing the blame on the Centre.

Joint Director, Agriculture, Madhavi Latha said that all should work united to address the problems of farmers.

She has promised to do her best to address farmers related issues.