Experts call for aggressive policy change to make agriculture profitable and increase farmers income
INVC NEWS, Chandigarh, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) organised innovative farmers meet as part of a campaign to promote modern farming practices at the Innovative Farmers’ Meet-cum-exhibition held at Bahiya Resorts, Bathinda today. A Session on ‘Pest & Disease Management in Cotton and Agri Diversification’ and an exhibition of farm products was also be organised on the occasion. Experts highlighted the need to relook at the agriculture policies so as to make agriculture sustainable for farmers in the state. They also called for bringing all agriculture related departments under one roof as well as invite firms to buy agri-produce help farmers make effective and timely sale of their produce. Experts also mooted for diversification in agriculture for optimal utilization of natural resources, including soil fertility. The campaign is being organised by CII, in association with the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India, & Mehram Publication from 4 May to 16 June 2017 in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. The next innovative farmers’ meets will be organised on May 13 at Khanna and on May 15 at Patiala. Addressing a session on ‘Innovations to Enhance Farm Productivity & Sustenance’, Mr Pavitarpal Singh Pangli, President, Bourlaug Farmers Association for South Asia, said, “The government must integrate all agriculture-related departments under one roof to facilitrate farmers. Representatives of companies must also be at the same office like in the West where companies approach farmers tobuy their produce. Agriculture Produce Market Committee Act needs to be relooked to allow private firms to come and buy like Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh selling Basmati as there are no taxes. Government is Strict monitoring also needs to ensure quality of pesticides. So far, farmers do not have energy left from their main crop to diversify into other crops.” Exhorting farmers to focus on world-class quality of products, Progressive farmers also shared their experiences to make participating farmers aware about adopting modern farm practices. An exhibition of farm products was also organised as part of the farmers’ meet.