September28, 2018 (C) Ravinder Singh firstname.lastname@example.org
Agriculture Minister yesterday blamed Nehru for Slow GDP growth and doing nothing for Farmers and then Manmohan Singh for not implementing‘Swaminathan Commission’ report since 2006, now after 12 yrs means nothing, was itself shortsighted, population has grown up by 25% and land holdingsreduced by 25% and that GOI had announced enhanced MSP for Grains, Pulses & Oilseeds but it is yet to be implemented, it left out Cash Crops Fruits, Vegetables, Milk & Meats, Sugarcane, Spices etc.
Minister claimed to have provided 2 million Ponds than Multipurpose Dams – Bhakra alone delivers more CLEAN water for 53 yrs than all 2 million ponds, provides Flood Protection. 60% AGRICULTURE DEPEND ON RAINS and 25% IMPACTED BY FLOODS IN INDIA – GOVERNMENT DID NOTHING.
20% FOOD & NUTRITION LOSS AT FILTHY MANDIS ONWARDS Cause Stunting, Malnourished Children.
Unlike Stock Exchanges – providing live Coverage of Trade – MANDI Trades are Disabled Farmers don’t get daily Live Arrivals & Market Prices and Country Report and Weekly, Monthly, Annual Reports.
Most of the CROPS Can be Locally Produced – Multiple CROPPING at village level can minimize PRICE SHOCK – Minimize Cost of Logistics – Minimize Middlemen – Support Direct Marketing. Food Produced by Farmers is PUREST Like any other county – Unhygienic at and from Mandis to Retail.
Middlemen Margin 500% to 1000% in Fruit & Vegetables Trade
Last year at this time when I saw heaps of Garlic, Lemon and Ginger retailing for Rs.30 per kg – I purchased 4-5[RS1] kg of these Vegetables for Making pickle – felt it may help farmers, when General Price was over Rs.60 per kg – soon after season was over – Lemon, Garlic & Ginger prices shot up to Rs.120 per kg to Rs.160 per kg whereas at Harvest Time farmers were paid only Rs.2-10 per kg.
NDA Govts in 11Yrs had failed to break CARTEL of Middlemen EXPLOITING Farmers.
Food Market is estimated at $575b FY19 or Rs.40,00,000 Crores but in this assuming mandi arrivals at 200 million tones [MT] or 20,000 Cr Kg Fruit & Vegetables @ Rs.10 Net, Farmers get just Rs.2,00,000 Cr, 80 MT of Milk at Rs.25 per liter – Rs.2,00,000 Cr, 120 MT of Foodgrains at Rs.15 average net price –Rs.1,80,000 Cr. Fish around Rs.50,000 Cr. Sugarcane, Cotton, Timber, Honey Tea, Spices etc – Rs.3,00,000 Cr. Farmers Income from Labor, Land & Investments is not even 20% of Food Market.
Farmers Revenue from Sale of all his produce is Rs.10,00,000 Cr Only and cost of Inputs like Diesel, Interest on Loans, Seeds, Fertilizer, Electricity, Tractors & Pumps O&M and other expenses are Rs.3,00,000 Cr. Thus Net Farming Income is Rs.7,00,000 Cr only.
Unlike developed countries Farmers in India Sell Raw Foods and are not Supported to Store and Process Raw Foods when prices are low, Produce Cheeses, Ice-creams, Wines & Beer, Juices, Pickles and Jams, Snacks and Fast Foods, Confectionery & Chocolates, Breads and Pizzas, Oils, Rice, Dal and Flour Mills, Motels & Restaurants in villages – more of processed foods.
Policies are DESIGNED to Force Farmers to Sell Their Raw Produce at DOORS of Traders without Prefixed Price, India Farmers are not Paid for Produce Delivered to Traders & Mills for Months to Years. Food Supply Chain Has 2-5 BARRIERS PUT UP BY TRADERS CARTEL – Robbing Farmers.
All the $150b Raw Foods is Expected to be Delivered at 20-30 Mega Food Parks in India at enormous cost than let WITHIN FARM Processing of Fresh Produce.
Government has few months to ‘Deliver On Promises’, ‘Break Cartel of Traders’, ‘MSME Food Processing – Rs.5 lakh Cr Credit to Farmers Food Processing Industry.’
India Can Be $2000b Food GDP By 2025 But Needs Smartest Minister-Leaders.
Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
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