The average price for potatoes in UP in November 2016 was Rs 916 per quintal, which fell 41.8% to Rs 532 per quintal in the month of December 2016 – the first full month post demonetisation.
Despite knowing the problem, both the state and central governments have failed to address the crisis UP’s potato farmers are facing.
These differences in magnitude of inequality among countries are mainly due to dissimilarities in external and internal policies.
Arun Jaitley’s Budget speech was vague on the details, and closer inspection reveals that it was also misleading.
While Patidars and Jats have joined together to fight for the alleviation of their economic distress, the middle and lower castes remain scattered and largely invisible.
In an interview with The Wire’s M.K. Venu, the former finance minister says that India’s agrarian and unemployment crises cannot be solved through the one budget that’s left.
The last year saw large-scale farmers’ protests as remunerative prices fell and the implementation of loan waivers was questionable.
The farm economy deteriorated and small enterprises were hit badly in the last year.
Even in the seats that the saffron party retained in the region, its victory margin has fallen considerably.
The farmers have done their job. The nation has failed to deliver them a decent income in return.
Agriculture officials and experts are voicing strong criticism of the government’s farm policy and its performance.
Despite weather related and other difficulties, some Vidarbha farmers are hopeful for a better future thanks to the results of their small-scale initiatives.
Nana Patole has claimed that when he tried to discuss the farmers’ plight with Modi, he got “very angry”.
Farmers with the smallest land holdings and landless agricultural labourers who need financial support do not have access to formal sources of credit and do not benefit from loan waivers.
A substantial decline in the share of agriculture in a farm family’s income and the lack of quality education has eroded hopes of a better future for a majority of India’s farmers.
A growing number of men are moving from the hinterland to cities in search of a living, leaving women with farm responsibilities. Reversing this trend is important, for stable families hold the key to social stability in the nation.
Sugarcane used to be something of an ‘insurance’ crop in the region, bound to bring returns. But not anymore.
Demonetisation destroyed rural incomes and the cattle slaughter ban choked off the farmer’s main source of emergency funding.
Some years ago, Western UP was better off than other parts of the country, but farmer suicides and stories of struggling families have been on the rise since.
Anantapur is facing one of its worst droughts this year – and the depletion of groundwater and skyrocketing debts have only made it worse for the farmers in the district.
Can we use technology to solve the problems of farmers and create a possible e-governance framework to solve issues scalable from a farm level perspective to the entire nation?
A fortnightly column from The Wire’s public editor.
Naidu’s statements come at a time when a spate of farmers suicides have rocked Indian polity and a number of agitations led by farmers are underway across various parts of the country.
Despite farmers citing demonetisation as one of the chief causes for their distress and protests, the government is still projecting it as an excellent move.
In the 64th episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua talks about what led farmers across multiple states to militant protests.
In 45ºC heat, farmers are walking from market to market to sell their cattle but others are reluctant to buy, knowing it will be difficult to get rid of them later.