Budget 2018: It’s corporate-friendly, say dejected farmers
Farmers and their representatives have described the annual budget as disappointing for rural India. They feel the budget has no pro-farmer provisions to give fillip to the agriculture sector.Updated: Feb 02, 2018 15:07 IST
Farmers and their representatives have described the annual budget as disappointing for rural India. They feel the budget has no pro-farmer provisions to give fillip to the agriculture sector.
Farmers’ representatives on Thursday accused finance minister Arun Jaitly of presenting a corporate-friendly budget instead of taking due care of poor, farmers and rural India.
National vice president of Bharatiya Kisan Union ( Bhanu), Diwakar Singh, said the budget was disappointing for agriculturists and rural folks. “Jaitley ji has announced to increase the support price of kharif crops by 1.5 times. Only fodder grows in kharif and major cash crops like wheat, sugarcane and paddy are non kharif crops. Then how can it help increase farmers’ income?” he asked.
Jagdish Singh, pradhan of Chabaria village, said that the budget had no encouraging benefits for farmers and rural India. Farmers needed more support to come out of crisis, he said.
Varun Singh, a young organic agriculture farmer, said, “I was hopeful that the government would take care of organic farmers but am disappointed after seeing the budget.”
He said that agriculture’s share in the GDP was approximately 27% but in return, it got barely 3 to 4% allocation in the budget.
Rajkumar Sangwan, Rashtriya Lok Dal’s state organisational general secretary, said the budget was an eyewash for farmers and people of rural areas. He said the government had allocated Rs 11 lakh crore for agriculture loans but it failed to address the major issue of how debt -ridden farmers would get rid of their debts.
He said that marginal and small farmers comprised 86% of the total agriculturists and they should be given assurance of loans at cheaper rates. He also said something concrete should be done for procurement of crops.
Farmers are also not impressed with allocation of Rs 2,000 crore for development of agriculture market.
Farmer Mitthan Tyagi said, “We don’t know how much time is needed to develop such a market.Farmers require immediate benefits.”