Maharashtra farmers need a guaranteed income
Having tried every known permutation and combination on cards, the Maharashtra government has now decided to deploy a massive force of 33,000 youth, trained in agriculture, to educate farmers on how to increase crop productivity. The State Government believes, increasing crop productivity will bring an end to the terrible agrarian crisis that continues to prevail.
Although Agriculture Minister Eknath Khadse had sometimes back admitted that the government had no clue as to what could pull out farmers from the grave farm crisis situation, the recent decision to train farmers with scientific techniques to improve productivity too suffers from insomnia. Maharashtra’s agrarian crisis, which has already taken a huge toll in the form of farmer suicides – an average of 10 farmers committing suicide every day for the past 12 years – is a direct outcome of worsening economic insecurity.