When fences eat crops

By A.R. Vasavi

In a nation where a large number of citizens are still agriculturists, it is both ironic and disheartening that successive governments over the past two decades have continually overlooked the needs of the rural and agricultural sectors.

Breaking the silence on the state of agriculturists, the Supreme Court has stepped in to call for relevant governmental addressal of agriculturists issues. The Supreme Court is right in calling for appropriate policies that prevent the epidemic of suicides instead of the post-facto provisioning of compensation. More particularly, what the Court has highlighted is that the institutions that should be catering to the needs of agriculturists have failed to do so, for the very fences that should protect crops have now turned rapacious.

In a nation where a large number of citizens are still agriculturists, it is both ironic and disheartening that successive governments over the past two decades have continually overlooked the needs of the rural and agricultural sectors. A vast array of institutions, networks and facilities supposedly cater to the agricultural and rural sector. And yet, what passes for either pro-agriculture or pro-rural policies are really measures that continue to keep farmers in conditions of depredation.