Listen to Agricultural scientist MS Swaminathan, NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand, Journalist P Sainath and Former Chairman of CACP Tajamul Haque address this issue
Farmers’ movements and farm loan waivers in different states across India have driven home the fact that the viability of agriculture is under challenge. Watch the first of the four-part epsiode on 'Agrarian Crisis'.
In the second part, find out why the policy of offering farmers a cost plus floor price in the form of Minimum Support Price (MSP) could not prevent this divergence between costs and prices.
In the next part, we look at other aspects of the problem like weaknesses in the public procurement, and market price staying below the minimum support price (MSP).
In the final part, we look at what difference, if any, liberalisation has had on agriculture.