Comments on: Dry spell should bring change to India Now raising intellectual capital Sun, 08 Nov 2015 08:31:30 +0000 hourly 1 By: Ishteyaque Fri, 21 Aug 2009 07:46:45 +0000 This is the perfect time for the governments and the farmers to reflect on their vision on the country’s farming and food security (do not get confused with food availability in the market or in FCI godowns). The complete dependence on crops and seeds which require too much of water and chemicals, motorised and electrical farm implements can easily convert rainfall deficiency into droughts and famines. The focus should be on agricultural and food diversity, not only on irrigating more and more land. If there are less rainfall, there will be lesser water in the rivers and other water channels, then there will be irrigation canal in place but no water for agriculture. That is what the case in Arwal District of Bihar. A large area of the district is connected with Son Canal for irrigation but this year there is very few water in the river itself and crops are dead due to water shortage.
The adverse impacts of climate change are evident and are there to stay. The erratic or changed rainfall pattern has been recorded in most regions of the country. If the country wants to mitigate its impacts, some out of the box solutions must be looked for and implemented, blending with the wisdom Indian Farmers have acquired after thousands of years of practical experiences.

By: krishnamurthi ramachandran Fri, 21 Aug 2009 01:32:59 +0000 Dear friend,
some things went wrong by five times,not able to complete it.
Your article on agricultural fronts are knowledge oriented.
In India,Many rich farmers with sided with medium farmers and closely connected with major political parties,associates,by indirectly,farm workers,absentees are demanding higher price for their harvest grains,free power supply,waiving of ex loans,and subsides for seeds,fertilizer,modern farm equipments at very lower rates had made state governments and central government to come for time to time adjustments for both consolidation and survival in national democratic functioning.
No doubt,this year south monsoon failure may be affected in production of food grains,storage and supply.
To add that,moderate education,heavy,easy available mobiles,fair transport,mass interests on higher education,TV Accssibilities also brought many changes,womens educations have made more inclinations to urban towns for social and economic status.
Lastly,governments,agricultural scientists and policy makers to formulate a new, possible slow down from rural to urban migration.
China on other hand had a new devices to maintain balance between rural and urban economic status,income,and life style.

By: Anil Thu, 20 Aug 2009 19:30:38 +0000 It is a no brainer to say that India must liberalize and modernize its agri sector. An efficient agricultural sector will require India to create non-agricultural jobs in order to absorb the people moving away from farming. China did this through its export led manufacturing drive. Simply reforming the agricultural sector with no alternative job opportunities will unleash a tidal wave of unemployed farmers descending on the cities whose infrastructure is already creaking and crippled India must therefore develop policies that reform the agri sector in tandem with promoting food processing and manufacturing jobs. Despite all the talk, the country’s conomic planners have simply failed to do this for years now.

By: Ganesan Srinivasan Thu, 20 Aug 2009 18:14:39 +0000 Year after year, reports are written but nothing gets done. Many in govt succumb to populist policies and neglect to look at the larger national interest. Even the so-called economic reforms came about only because the national govt found itself in a crisis situation. Let us hope that the govt has the will to use this drought (mini crisis) to enact some meaningful reforms in the agricultural sector.