Farmers aren’t aware of soil health; they blindly use fertilizers

New Delhi: A deficient monsoon and a global slump in commodity prices have taken a toll on Indian farmers, who have spent more to save their standing crops but will have to sell their produce at depressed prices. The situation is worse in dry and arid regions of Vidarbha and Telangana with regular reports of farmer suicides. In an interview, Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh comments on these issues and on the progress of schemes announced in the July budget of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. Edited Excerpts:
The recently released ‘Key Indicators of Situation of Agricultural Households in India’ show that the lot of Indian farmers has not changed in the past decade. On parameters such as indebtedness, access to formal credit and new technologies, farmers remain in the same pit. How is your ministry planning to remedy this situation?.........Read more
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