What should the government do for farmers? (Hindu Tamil)
- Impact Area
In an op-ed on how climate change has affected and will continue to affect crops (grains, pulses, rice, etc.) in several regions of India, Hindu Tamil explained that paddy grains start sprouting early, crops get waterlogged, and depressions in the Bay of Bengal affect fishermen and the salt industry. The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has already warned that the number of hungry people will increase by 23 percent (See the 2022 Global Food Policy Report: Climate Change and Food Systems).
It is necessary to run procurement centers in government-owned buildings and eliminate corruption. In the context of the inadequacy of central government crop insurance, the state government can implement crop insurance arrangements on the model of states like Maharashtra as a model. Most importantly, it is necessary to investigate natural calamities and take steps to declare them as national calamities in due course.
Although nature embraces agriculture from time to time, it often attacks with its fury. As the farmers hold the hands of the government tightly. The government should not abandon them!