Implement MSP To Save Farmers and Farming: Prof Swaminathan
June 6, 2018: The farm crisis is at long last attracting both public and political attention. A National Policy for Farmers was formulated by the National Commission on Farmers chaired by me (2007). That Draft Policy plays special stress on enhancing the income of farmers. A formula was suggested for determining the minimum support price for farm produce. Although this report is now over ten years old, no action has been taken on its implementation particularly with reference to economics of farming. The monsoon and the market are two of the major determinants of farmers’ well being. Today the monsoon is uncertain and extreme events like drought and floods are becoming more frequent. Similarly the market in most cases does not help farmers to come out of the debt and poverty traps. This is why there is more demand for loan waivers. The time has come while the National Policy for Farmers, which represented the voice of the farming community, is examined and acted upon. Through the boycott of cities with reference to the supply of milk and vegetables, the farmers of India are giving a glimpse of the social implications of neglect of farmers and farming. The public therefore should extend their full support to enable farmers survive economically, since if farming goes wrong, nothing else will have a chance to go right in a predominantly agricultural country like ours. Women farmers and peri-urban agriculture should receive particular attention since they can make a large difference to our agricultural destiny.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.