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 Chairman's Message

        The last quarter witnessed unprecented losses in agriculture due to climatic aberrations. Untimely rains and hailstorms played havoc with the standing matured crops in April and even May. It has been a testing time both for the farmers as well as the Government. The farmers, in spite of heavy losses, faced the situation bravely. The Government also stood with the farmers and provided adequate response by providing timely and adequate compensation to the affected farmers. The Haryana Government in its special girdawari report assessed crop damage to over 13 lakh acre mainly wheat, mustard crops in the State because of untimely rains and hailstorm. Out of this, 3.17 lakh acre was hit with crop loss between 76 to 100 per cent, 1.92 lakh acre with crop loss between 51 to 75 per cent and 8.24 lakh acre between 25 and 50 per cent. A sum of Rs 1,092 crore has been sanctioned as compensation to the farmers. The Governments have been providing compensation for the losses which are usually insufficient and have been provided after following a lengthy process that sometimes takes months together defeating the very purpose of compensation. It is also coupled with the problem of multiple title of land resulting in petty amounts as compensation. This time the Government fixed a minimum amount of compensation as Rs. 500 for each farmer. The Government also took other steps as a relief measure for the farmers and the relief has been provided within a month. Although, we have been able to tide over the situation, it has made us to think for a long term solution to the problem. Agriculture has been and will continue to be affected by natural calamities, be it floods, hailstorms, frost or drought etc. The Ayog has been raising this issue and it was in this context that we had organised a workshop on “Climate Smart Agriculture”. The Ayog had also made several recommendations in view of the climate change. This includes a dedicated Kisan Channel to provide timely market and weather forecasts, besides other useful information. We are happy to note that the Govern-ment of India has launched the dedicated channel devoted to agriculture and farmers. It will be wise to use modern technology in Agriculture which aims at providing prosperity and growth to the villages, which is linked to the nation's progress. It is the need of hour to adopt a radical three-pronged approach in agriculture of balancing cultivation with animal husbandry and farm forestry. Indian farmer should bear a positive attitude of adopting the climate smart agriculture by keeping a check on weather forecast and global economic trends. It is crucial for small and marginal farmers to make the agriculture sector sustainable. For that purpose, the farmers need to adopt a strategy for using the depleting natural resources wisely; these include improved technology to maintain soil fertility, pollination, pest regulation, and water holding capacity. In this connection, the Government and the Ayog are serious in working out long term solutions to the problem and develop an institutional mechanism to deal with such situations. One idea is to establish a State Crop Insurance Corporation on PPP mode having major share with the State Government. This may ensure a comprehensive and pro-farmer insurance cover to all the farmers through a corpus that may be created with the Corporation. We are studying the initiatives taken by different States. In this connection, our officers participated in an International Conference on the issue at Bhopal on 15-16thJune. We also invite suggestions from the farmers and scientists on developing a mechanism to deal with natural calamities.
                                                                                                                         

(Dhanpat Singh, IAS)

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