Numerous policy decisions have made the domestic market less remunerative for farmers.
Discontent among sugarcane farmers, who are caught in a battle with mill owners and upset with government inaction, will impact caste dynamics in the region, which in turn will determine the voting pattern.
To give stagnant agricultural growth a boost, a shift must be made from concentrating on the country’s food security to focusing on the farmers’ income security.
Was the prime minister’s standing ovation for farmers a cruel joke?
The agricultural sector has been neglected when in fact it has the potential to reboot the economy. Arun Jaitley’s focus should therefore be on revitalising agriculture. Budget 2016 provides the opportunity to do this.