Prof Swaminathan suggests support to farmers for adverse climate events
The India meteorological department has announced that during this week, rain and hailstorms may occur over most of northwest India. J&K is already suffering from severe floods. This is unfortunate since crops are ready for harvest. Although such events cannot be prevented, anticipatory steps to mitigate both damage to crops and misery to the farmer can be taken. Farmers in extreme distress due to heavy loan burden should be identified and timely help extended to them to avoid the possibility of suicides. As far as crops are concerned, the main step which needs to be taken is to dry the grains after the rain stops, so that grains are not infected with mycotoxins. An integrated “save farmers, and farming” programme is urgently needed at the local level with the full participation of local communities in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and other States.
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.