I lead maintain never given much importance to the B P Pal Memorial lecture that is held routinely at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) inwards New Delhi. Of belatedly it has popular off a dull practise with retired scientists from the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) beingness invited, who inwards their talks tow the same official business that has failed the country’s farmers.
Reading the coverage of this year’s lecture, delivered past times economist Dr Abhijit Sen, who is amongst the Planning Commission, I was non solely pleasantly surprised but delighted. After long, I uncovering individual having the courage to enjoin agricultural scientists that “there are many achievements that the ICAR tin survive proud of, nevertheless things don’t add together up.”
I missed the lecture. But what I read inwards today’s newspapers gives me an stance of how elaborate the presentation must lead maintain been. The occupation amongst ICAR is basically the mindset the scientists carry. The entire teaching system, designed on the dry reason grant pattern borrowed from the US, is non solely faulty but completely out of sinc amongst the realities prevailing inwards this country. This is where the problems begin, as well as unless the summit brass of agricultural sciences brand a sincere evidence to revisit the farm teaching organisation I don’t come across much hope.
These agricultural scientists volition ever decline to convey they are at error or that at that topographic point is anything incorrect inwards what they are doing. I am hence glad that Abhijit Sen was able to demonstrate them a flake of the mirror. As he said: “Unless farm sector delivers incomes to farmers, increment volition non survive inclusive.”
In to a greater extent than or less other intelligence study (in the same newspaper), the headline says it all: Let downward past times agriculture, villagers counting on steel prosperity. The intelligence study is datelined Kulpeni inwards West Bengal where a Rs 10,000 1000000 steel found is probable to come upward up. Not solely inwards West Bengal, farmers everywhere inwards the province lead maintain been allow downward past times agriculture. The challenge for agricultural scientists hence is to mensurate upward to this desperate telephone phone from the farm, and shift focus from technology-oriented focus on crop varieties to integrate farming systems inwards a sustainable as well as economically feasible manner.
This is where agricultural scientists lead maintain failed. This is where fifty-fifty the Planning Commission has failed. They are then obsessed amongst figures similar iv per cent increment inwards agriculture that they lead maintain exactly ignored the human factor, the plight of the farming class. At a fourth dimension when the entire focus should survive to ensure how to heighten farm incomes, Planning Commission is mired inwards this stupid practise of iv per cent increment inwards agriculture.
Even if agricultural increment rises to half dozen per cent (it tin this year, because 2009 was a drought year) it does non hateful that at that topographic point volition survive something for the farmers to cheer. Yes, of course of study the Planning Commission volition brand us believe that because of increment inwards agriculture, all is good on the farm. Nothing but a fallacy, which the illiterate media of Bharat volition play up.
Another study inwards The Economic Times (ET, May 28): “Factories gear upward to meliorate farm nos” says equally per the advance estimates of gross domestic product increment in2009-10 released past times the Central Statistical Organisation inwards February, the manufacturing sector was expected to overtake agriculture. manufacturing sector contributed Rs 7,07,512 crore to the economy, overtaking the Rs 6,49,370 crore from agriculture, forestry as well as fishing.
Let me at the start state that the gross domestic product estimates are done inwards such a fashion that it does non reverberate the positive contribution to the economic scheme from agriculture, forestry as well as fisheries. Take for illustration the wood sector. The trees that are standing today are worth 3 times the country’s GDP. Unless they are cutting down, it does non add together on to gross domestic product numbers. So what are nosotros measuring?
gross domestic product is non an indication of growth, but depletion of resources.
This is a really clever way of hoodwinking the field to believe that the economic scheme is on the correct path. It is a highly biased analysis, as well as does non reverberate on the truthful wealth that the province has. Therefore do non survive enamoured past times the gross domestic product figures.
This agency that inwards the days to come, economists, policy maker as well as the manufacture lobbying groups — FICCI, CII, ASSOCHAM as well as the Business TV Channels/news papers — volition uncovering a justification to encourage manufacture at the damage of agriculture. We volition come across agriculture coming nether to a greater extent than stress inwards the near future. Inclusive increment volition rest to a greater extent than or less other buzzword, remaining confined to the official press releases.
Here is the intelligence report: “Unless farm sector delivers incomes to farmers, increment volition non survive inclusive” from The Hindu.