Simmering Discontent in farmering community: Causes and Cure
The Union Government has recently proposed to impose tax on agriculture. However, agriculture is in deep crisis. The farmers are ready to abandon it on finding alternate occupation. Increasing input cost, impact of global warming, lack of adequate policy support of Government and poor agriculture infrastructure have rendered it an unviable occupation. Agriculture development is prerequisite for inclusive development and food security and for growth of growth of industry and service sectors. Thus it should be the priority of successive Government at Union and State levels. In the post globalized period, the investment on agriculture has declined which has resulted into low capital formation. Thus, farmers are not getting the adequate returns due to poor infrastructure. The genetically modified seeds monopolized by multinational companies have further aggravated the problem. Farm waving as demanded in states in no remedy of this problem. It is only a temporary relief. The real solution to this problem lies in providing transport and irrigation facilities, enhancing research on agriculture, ensuring accessibility to market, creating storage system and providing remunerative prices to farmers. Majority of farmers in India are small and marginal farmers who find it difficult to sustain themselves in view of increased input cost. Thus, there is no logic in imposing tax on agriculture.