Farmers’ Meet on Agrarian Issue In The Context Of Doubling Farmers’ Income

Agragamee has organised “Round Table on Agrarian Issues In The Context of Doubling Of Farmers’ Income By 2022: An Exchange Of Views From The Field” with collaboration of Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung at Tribal Museum, Koraput on 24th and 25th November 2018. 60 numbers of farmer from 15 districts were participated in that event.

In the inaugural session Mr. Achyut Das, Director, Agragamee, shared that Government has taken various initiatives for doubling income by 2022. He explained the agenda which was ecological farming Vs chemical farming as well as other agricultural sensitive issues like unsustainable of land, pollution of land, water, loss of seed sovereignty, soil degradation, excess of of chemical pesticides, manipulation over distribution of MSP to farmers, use of land for non farming purpose, non working of deep bore well, effect of climate change, pro-policy for contractual farming, promotion of chemical farming by Government, lacking interest in the youth for farming etc.

In the two days farmers and other agriculture experts were discussed in various issues and solutions for doubling income. value addition and marketing channels of organic products, practice of organic farming, sustainable agriculture, seed preservation, preservation of natural forest, use of bio fertilizer, focus on income doubling of small, marginal and landless farmers, awareness among the youth for organic farming system etc. were core points of discussion for doubling farmers income.

During these two days event, apart from the agenda, farmers were shared about the success of organic farming. theyy shared that use of land and animal husbandry help them to increase their income.
Prof. Jagabandhu Samal, Professor, Council of Analytical Studies, Koraput, shared that from his 35 yeas experience he observed that quality of soil is decreasing day by day. Mrs. Vidhya Das, Joint Director, Agragamee, Prof. P.C. Mohapatra,Director, COATS, and farmers shared their views in this occasion. Farmers from Malkangiri, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Koraput, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Balangir, Jagatsinghpur, Baragad, Sambalpur, Angul, Debagarh,Kandhamal, Dhenkanal and Puri were actively participated. Apart from farmers, academic, media persons, social activists were participated.

This was second event related to the same agenda. First one was held at Hotel Suryansh, Bhubaneswar in the month of September 2018.