Searching for Greener Pastures: Agrarian Distress in India

By Parvathy Ramesh, University of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.

In the 1950s and 60s, the green revolution led to an overhaul of the agricultural sector in India. Following this period, production improved to such an extent that in the present year of 2019, India remains self-sufficient for almost all agricultural produce. However, this positive gain is offset by escalating issues of agrarian distress spread across the country – farmers living in abject poverty, low productivity compared to viable land, and growing indebtedness that result in suicide and distress migration. This distress is punctuated by headlines of death and mass protests, which leads us to examine the issues that give rise to such a wide-spread problem. (more…)

Digital Push for Agricultural Trade

By Sandeep G., SASTRA Deemed University, Thanjavur.

The discovery of the online trading concept has invoked positivity, not only in the minds of wealthy businessmen but also in the minds of health-protecting farmers. Although India is an agrarian economy, the non-existence of equipoise between the rural and urban economy contributes to the deprivation of both the corporate and agricultural domains. In spite of favouring the corporate domain with Make in India and other similar policies, the Union Government developed a policy on the refinement of the agricultural sector. (more…)

Need for a Common Market for Agricultural Commodities

By Yukti Makan, Symbiosis Law School, Pune.

India derives approximately 50% of its national income from agricultural business. The marketing of the agricultural produce also varies from nation to nation, from state to state and it even varies within the state. Agricultural market practices need to be uniform in the interest of developing wider markets for better practices. The rising food prices have emerged as a bottleneck for the Government in framing policies. Certain measures should be taken and the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act should be amended to curb the inflation. An efficient marketing strategy is required to be implemented for the development and the enhancement of the agricultural sector. (more…)