India needs to trust its farmers and set them free
The only way to solve the farmers' problem is to make entry to other sectors attractive by creating employment opportunities, and to make it easy to exit farming
Farmers have a bad romance with the Indian polity. On the one hand, India loves, even worships, these farmers. On the other, Indian policymakers create the most impossible regulatory environment for the agricultural sector, trapping farmers in a low-income, low-productivity occupation. The latest protest in Maharashtra is just another reminder of the hardships the average Indian farmer faces.