The National Commission on Farmers and the ‘Swaminathan Formula’
Chennai, June 13, 2017: Over 10 years ago, the ‘National Commission on Farmers’ submitted a series of five reports on the agrarian distress in India along with several recommendations. The Commission was chaired by Prof M S Swaminathan, Founder MSSRF. Based on these recommendations submitted in 2006, a ‘National Draft Policy for Farmers’ was placed before the Parliament in October 2007.
Faced with growing concerns on the situation of distress that continues several years after this Commission made detailed recommendations, the ‘Foundation for Agrarian Studies’ took stock of the situation at a day-long seminar titled ‘The Recommendations of the National Farmers Commission: A 10-year Balance sheet’. In a review that was subsequently published by FAS, Prof Swaminathan summarized the recommendations of the Commission in context of the emerging and current challenges that farmers now face. For further reading, the article in ‘Review of Agrarian Studies’ is available for download here. This will provide a perspective on measures taken by Governments since as well as the new challenges and why the Policy for Farmers, especially on the pricing and procurement is important even today.
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.