Agriculture 2022: will the dream come true?4 min read 25 Feb 2018, 11:49 PM IST
The strategy for doubling farmer incomes will differ from state to state, and from one region to another even within a state
After two consecutive years of drought, in 2014-15 and 2015-16, farmers of many crops were hit by low market prices in several states in 2016-17. In view of widespread discontent, there is a sense of urgency about addressing their issues. Therefore, the conference organized by the ministry of agriculture and farmers welfare on 19-20 February 2018 to prepare a strategy for doubling farm income by 2022 has rightly generated enormous media attention. Though we do not know the exact recommendations made by the seven groups on subjects concerning agriculture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi rightly emphasized four ideas: reducing the cost of inputs, ensuring remunerative prices, reducing wastage at the farm level and creating alternative sources of income.