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Farmers keen on leaving agriculture: Expert

Date: 08-02-2019
Subject: Farmers keen on leaving agriculture: Expert
MYSURU: Nearly 42% of  farmers  in the country do not want to continue to do agriculture  but instead want to settle down in urban areas, said S Rajendran, professor of economics, The  Gandhigram Rural Institute, TamilNadu.

Delivering the keynote address during the two-day national seminar on ‘Agrarian crisis and farmers’ suicide in India: Causes, consequences and remedies,’ organised by Centre for Study of Societal Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Manasagangothri, on Thursday Rajendran said, “Across the country, 48 percent of people are directly or indirectly involved in agriculture but the contribution of the sector to for GDP is just 10 percent. The allocation of funds to research and development in agriculture is meagre. In most of the developed countries, 5 percent of their total budget is allocated for research and development in agriculture while in India the allocation is just 6 percent. Due to the apathy of the government, most of the farmers want to discontinue agriculture. Agrarian crisis is driving farmers to suicide.”

To address the agrarian crisis, he called upon the government to pay adequate attention to improving soil fertility, introduce timely and quality imports delivery mechanism, quality market intelligence network, sufficient market and storage facilities and intensify extension activities. He said social safety nets like insurance and pension to farmers should be explored.

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com