The report Drought looms, food prices may rise further: PM (August 9) confirms that the good times are over for the market as well as the consumers. The prices of essential goods like pulses and cereals have been rising for some time. But it is only now that the government has decided to do something. If the government fails to take the right measures to counter the agrarian crisis at this juncture, farmers will have to pay a heavy price. The government must not shy away from taking tough decisions.