THE NATIONAL Commission on Farmers has sought a drastic change in the government's attitude to agriculture. "The time has come when we should focus more on the economic well-being of the women and men feeding the nation than just on (agricultural) production," noted the eight-member commission chaired by Dr M.S. Swaminathan, the architect of the Green Revolution of the 1960s.
HT is in possession of the NCF's revised Draft National Policy for Farmers -- titled “Serving Farmers and Saving Farming” -- presented to Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar. It has set forth 10 major goals for the government - which will ensure that agricultural progress is assessed in terms of the net income of farm families.