Diversification, Feed and Fodder, Gender, Market Access and Value Chains, Development Pathways, Policy & Institutions, Postharvest management, Seed systems, Poverty Dynamics
Dryland cereals, Grain legumes
India is facing a critical situation for its agrarian future: MS Swaminathan
India's agrarian policy, Climate change, Minimizing damage, Impact of pandemic, Post-harvest operations, Jobs and livelihoods, Techno scientific interventions, COVID-19 Pandemic, Agrarian India, M S Swaminathan, Critical Situation
The National Policy for Farmers is a comprehensive one, covering both favourable and unfavourable situations, such as those expected in the era of climate change. There are detailed suggestions on anticipatory research and action. The present situation is partly due to global conditions. Nevertheless, there are ample pathways of minimizing damage. Education is particularly important in order to promote containment. My advice is to develop greater pride and confidence in our farmers and farming, based on how they converted a ‘ship to mouth’ existence into a legal ‘right to food’. Farmers and farming were given low prestige in the past. This situation should change and we should regard every farmer as a scientist.