How out of touch with reality is he? Does he not know that farmers always try to identify demand and plan cultivation of vegetables, and when the product comes to the market they discover that the price they were led to believe they will get in fact has dropped drastically.
The Tobacco Company has a very sophisticated system of outgrowers that the Agricultural Department would do well in emulating. Instead of blaming the farmer, see how his lot can be improved by the examples of success stories in practice. I have pointed this out in my earlier blogs too. They help the farmer all the way from seed to harvest and to top it all they guarantee the price for the quality they expect. It is important to a farmer that his risk factors are minimized.
I am physically unable to be at my fields this season due to my disability. I have rented my land to a farmer. He will plant tobacco as he has calculated that given the circumstances it is the best bet for him. Farmers are NOT irrational people,, they make decisions based on inadequate information, and training, which turn out to be wrong later. This is a perennial problem that has not been solved YET.
Frankly the fertilizer subsidy is a red herring and irrelevant. In fact it is counter productive to farmers as they make incorrect decisions due to this interference in the market dynamics. The Govt. has got all its calculations wrong. The whole Divi Neguma process, is about increasing self reliance, which then reduces demand of the farmers, leading to the farmer to lose money as the govt. HAS NOT found an alternative market for the excess supply, such as overseas.
The Divi Neguma program is going to devastate the farmers, in a way one cannot even imagine. The need of the hour is to immediately find an outlet overseas for the surplus, as a small surplus wipes out the price of produce.
Today, I have organically grown Okra and Pathola, and as I am only a small producer I have no market for it! There is no point in growing this or anything else.