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Agriculture

Agricultural Crisis in Punjab

Amandeep Kaur
Assistant Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Government Mohindra College Patiala.
Online First: March 22, 2018
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Abstract

This paper presents a picture of miserable plight of farmers in Punjab. The growing concern of severe crisis in agriculture is being addressed in this paper. It shows how Punjab has gone from being called as a “ food basket” of the country to a state of declining farm incomes and farmer’s suicides. The grave issue of agricultural crisis is haunting not only farmers of Punjab but also the very future of the state. It throws light on the Government policies, role of marketing agencies and various other issues like implementation of Swaminathan Report and stress on implementation of MSP for other crops too. Reports show that in the last few years, around 28 per cent of them have entered the labour market. Of the 3,507 farmers who committed the suicide in Punjab betweeen 2000 and 2011, about 80% were marginal and small farmers. According to survey conducted by Punjabi University Patiala, as many as 1,309 cases of farm suicides were reported in seven districts of Punjab. Therefore, it emphasise the need for concrete steps which must be taken immediately by the government to tackle with this alarming issue to protect the economy of Punjab.

Keyword : Agricultural crisis, Marketing agencies, Government policies, crop diversification, sustainability.

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References

1. Draft- Agriculture Policy For Punjab submitted to the Government of Punjab by Committee for Formulation of Agriculture Policy for Punjab State. 2. M.S. Swaminathan Report 2006. 3. Interviews of farmers
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1. Draft- Agriculture Policy For Punjab submitted to the Government of Punjab by Committee for Formulation of Agriculture Policy for Punjab State.
2. M.S. Swaminathan Report 2006.
3. Interviews of farmers
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