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Develop cheap technology for poor farmers

india Updated: Aug 20, 2006 00:46 IST

DIRECTOR GENERAL of the UP Council for Agriculture Research (UPCAR) Professor Chandrika Prasad exhorted the agro-scientists for developing technologies for the middle and the low middle class farmers of the country.

Speaking at the four-day ‘All-India Wheat and Barley Research Workers Meet’ at the CSA University on Saturday, Prasad said it was surprising that despite extensive researches the production of wheat has stagnated. Rather, it has witnessed a decline of 26 to 27 per cent in the total yield during the past eight years. However, the reason for the decline in wheat production could not be ascertained till date, he said.

He further said that the progress in research sector was on snail’s pace and no effective and new research could be made during the past eleven years. He said that often excuse was given that due to global ban on genetic exchange under IPR, has hampered the research activities. But this could not be held as substantial reason as the scientists could have sorted out the problems through other ways.

He said at present the agriculture business has become a loss earning profession. Due to high cost of agriculture inputs and uncertainty of production has discouraged the farmers. Referring to Swaminathan’s report, he said that about 40 per cent of farmers have given up the agriculture while another 60 per cent of them were diversifying their agriculture business. He said if the timely action was not taken to help the farmers, the time was not far when the country would face the shortage of farmers to meet the food requirement of the country.

He advocated that higher prices be offered to farmers for their crops. He said that there was no justification in putting a curb  upon the prices of wheat while the prices of each and every commodity have gone up. 

Farmers also needed higher price of their product to meet their both ends meet.