The Central government has ordered 10,000 new Farmer Producer Organisations to be opened by the year 2024. But the Gaon Connection rapid survey found nearly half of the respondent farmers were not even aware of FPOs.
36% respondents fear that due to the open market, the central government would decrease procurement at MSP, while 33% fear the MSP system would be eliminated by the new agri laws.
As per the National Crime Records Bureau 2019, West Bengal and Assam are among the top-five states in crime against women. West Bengal’s toll-free 24/7 helpline is dysfunctional while its landline helpline works only five days a week during office hours. Assam’s helpline is under-staffed and cash-strapped.
This kharif season, Vidarbha in Maharashtra saw a jump in cotton and maize cultivation. Farmers invested their COVID-19 savings, hoping for handsome returns. But unseasonal rains have washed their hopes away.
While catering to the aspirations of youth who will shape the new world order defined by COVID-19, it is vital to take into account their psychological, sociological and the economic development.
They neither own land nor livestock, but spend eight months of a year in the treacherous high altitudes finding green pastures for sheep and goats of other farmers. The Chopans of J&K are a forgotten people who are fighting for their tribal identity.
Traders and middlemen procure paddy at low rates from farmers in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, then make a killing, selling it at a huge profit in Punjab, leaving both farmers and the exchequer at a loss.
Once beneficiaries of the dam, these villages in Karauli and Sawai Madhopur ran dry when the state government stopped releasing water in 2006. Over 10,000 hectares of farmland has turned arid.
From reviving water bodies to carbon neutral villages and gram panchayats, several states in India are responding to climate change. But is that enough?
Vulnerable sections of society need help to access the many welfare schemes in the country. Helping them. navigate the last mile will ensue them a life of dignity and growth.