Improving Lives of Farmers
Improving Lives of Farmers
Agriculture: The agriculture sector in India has for too long been mired in distress, with disparate solutions and short-term measures, rather than sustained attention towards longer-term measures to ensure that farming in India becomes economically viable.
- Increase in MSP: It is imperative for the farmer to be paid a price for his crop, commensurate for all the costs incurred. This price should account for not only the costs paid for inputs (seeds, machinery, pesticides), but also the the imputed costs of family labour and rent of owned land. More importantly, it needs to be ensured that all, rather than a handful of farmers actually receive this price.
- Infrastructure: In order to augment farm income, it is critical to invest in logistics and modern storage, so as to enable the farmer to get linked This will not only reduce price fluctuations, but also lead to an overall lowering of cost borne by consumers for the final product.
- Marketing: Promote standardisation of produce quality, sorting, grading, allow direct buying by farmer producer organisations.
- Food processing: Our food consumption valued USD370bn, estimated to touch $ 1 trillion by 2025. Yet, 40% of this food produced is wasted everywhere, due to inadequate facilities for transport, storage, processing & marketing. India is ranked first in production of milk, ghee, bananas, guavas, papayas & mangoes, and second in rice, wheat & fruits & vegetables. Mr. Scindia believes that the system can be made a lot more efficient is surplus of all the food produced is processed & marketed, both inside & outside India. This will create immense opportunities for the sector’s growth, while enhancing farm incomes, diversifying & commercialising farming, & generating employment opportunities.
- Cooperatives: The success of the Amul coop model should be emulated and adapted to other food commodities produced in India, while keeping in mind, that the billion-rupee Amul brand is so successful today, because the whole value chain is owned & controlled by farmers.
- Advisory services: Mr. Scindia understands that educating farmers about the best farming practices and helping that adopt these practices will have a direct impact on the upliftment of farmers. He aims to build robust systems to advise farmers on soil health, land use planning, technological interventions, advanced agronomy practices.
Work so far
Mr. Scindia has executed many projects in his constituency, with a view to not only augment productivity of farmers, but also to equip and connect them to
- Irrigation: To guard against the twin-threat of drought and unseasonal precipitation, which often wreak havoc on the crops, Mr. Scindia has tried to augment irrigation facilities through the construction of dams and talabs, as well as tubewells for farmers, at a total cost of Rs. 65 crore.
- Spice Park: empowers the growers of spices in and around Guna to become a part of this integrated approach of cultivation, post-harvest, processing, packaging, storage and export. Built at a cost of Rs. 40 crore, the Spice Park boasts facilities at par with international standards, that allow the farmers to grade, pack and store their spices, which in turn leads to enhanced price realisation for their produce.