Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has appreciated Hindustan Times’ ‘Futuristic Farmers’ series that is highlighting the stories of progressive farmers who have taken a break from the traditional wheat-paddy cycle to reap rich dividends.
“I am extremely delighted that Hindustan Times has taken a unique initiative to publish a series of reports titled ‘Futuristic Farmers’ to highlight innovative efforts made by small farmers in different spheres of agriculture and allied farming activities. This will motivate other farmers to follow suit and also help the state government accomplish its programme on crop diversification,” the chief minister said in a communication to HT.
He said the success stories being published by HT would encourage farmers to replicate the progressive model for boosting their income. “This out-of-the-box initiative will also falsify the myth that it is practically impossible to address the issue of low income with small farm holdings,” the CM said.
‘Small farmers facing crisis’
Badal admitted that of late, small farmers in Punjab were facing a crisis as farming for them was unviable due to rising input costs, stagnant productivity, falling profitability, and increasing cost of living. “An environment of gloom is prevailing amid the farming community in the state,” he said.
The CM stated that Punjab was one of the world’s most remarkable examples of agricultural growth. “The unprecedented growth in the state’s agricultural economy has been closely associated with the well-known Green Revolution, which saw the development and adoption of new, high-yielding varieties of food crops, mainly wheat and rice.
The astounding agricultural growth has been attributed to rapid technology diffusion in the state. It was the congruence of favourable conditions with respect to creation of related infrastructure, dissemination of required information, and provision of suitable incentives, along with the successful role played by contemporary state government policies,” he said in his statement.