Commonwealth supports subsidy on farm inputs

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 30, 2014 22:27 IST

The agriculture meet of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association on Thursday supported the subsidies given on food and agricultural inputs, besides the employment guarantee programmes to tackle the challenge of the increasing rural poverty in the world.

The resolve came at a session at the international meet in which the agro economists collectively gave a call to tackle rural poverty by aggressively promoting employment generation, besides tackling the problems of small farmers.

PS Birthal from National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi, said poverty had been identified as Asia's biggest problem with eastern Asia having 54.3%, south Asia 80.7% and south-east Asia 74.5% rural poor.

He said 84% of farmers in India had a farm holding of less than 1.3 hectares.

It was realised that the small farmers were finding it difficult to cope with the ongoing trend of globalisation.

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