Ashok Gulati, the Infosys Chair Professor for Agriculture at ICRIER and member of the Supreme Court-appointed expert panel, has recently discussed the three contentious farm laws with protesting farmers.According to him, India needs to frame an optimal agri-food policy to address both short-run and long-term challenges.Such a policy must have at least four touchstones.It should be able to produce enough food, feed, and fibre for its large population.
In this regard, the best step is to invest in R&D for agriculture, and its extension from laboratories to farms and irrigation facilities. It is believed that developing countries should invest at least one per cent of their agri-GDP in agri-R&D and extension whereas India invests about half.It should do so in a manner that not only protects the environment — soil, water, air, and biodiversity — but achieves higher production with global competitiveness.
This can be done by switching from the highly subsidised input price policy (power, water, fertilisers) and MSP/FRP policy for paddy, wheat and sugarcane, to more income support policies linked to saving water, soil and air quality.It should enable seamless food movement from farm to fork, keeping marketing costs low, saving on food losses in supply chains, and providing safe and fresh food to consumers.This segment has been crying for reforms for decades, especially with respect to bringing about efficiency in agri-marketing and lowering transaction costs.It should be consumer-friendly, and they should get safe and nutritious food at affordable prices. The public distribution of food, through PDS, that relies on rice and wheat, and that too at more than 90 per cent subsidy over costs of procurement, stocking, and distribution, is not helping much, according to Gulati.
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