Advertisement
Tuesday, Sep 21, 2021
Outlook.com

Precarious Freedom

Something in Indian agriculture is being set free. But is it the farmer?

Precarious Freedom
Photograph by PTI
Precarious Freedom
outlookindia.com
2020-09-28T08:42:06+05:30

Thirty farmers on an average, according to government data, kill themselves every day in India—mostly after finding themselves trapped in a vicious circle of debt. And now the government has offered the Indian farmer some more freedom of the market. In this free market, somebody who owns less than 1 hectare of land and produces around 22 quintals of rice per season, for example, competes with those who own over 5 hectares and produce over 110 quintals. The farmer can choose the buyer, but the buyers—a commission agent, a corporate giant, a startup or the government—get to determine the price.

ALSO READ: So Shall They Reap

Another domain of India’s policy brush with free market in agriculture has been contract farming. Going by the controversies triggered by such attempts, the experience hasn’t been good. Last year, for instance, PepsiCo sued farmers in Gujarat for Rs 1 crore for illegally growing and selling a potato variety...

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

UNGA: Joe Biden Says US Not Seeking 'New Cold War' With China

UNGA: Joe Biden Says US Not Seeking 'New Cold War' With China

Without mentioning China directly, Biden acknowledged increasing concerns about rising tensions, even as he has been out of sync with allies on the chaotic exit from Afghanistan.

Air Marshal VR Chaudhari Appointed New IAF Chief

Air Marshal VR Chaudhari Appointed New IAF Chief

Air Marshal V R Chaudhari will take the reins as the chief of the Indian Air Force after the incumbent, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, retires on September 30.

IPL 2021: Punjab, Rajasthan In Battle Of Explosive Top-Orders

IPL 2021: Punjab, Rajasthan In Battle Of Explosive Top-Orders

The two IPL teams have been perennial under-achievers in the league.

Munna Bhais Still Flying High In High-Profile Entrance Examinations

Munna Bhais Still Flying High In High-Profile Entrance Examinations

Experts believe the swindlers have taken control of the entire system and they are doing so without any fear. They suspect one can get 99.5% only if one gets the question paper in advance.

Advertisement