I am writing this in reference to the article titled ‘Agriculture and Corporate Social Responsibility’ written by Dr. Parveen Kumar and Dr. R.K Arora that was published in your esteemed paper on 29th of November 2018. The authors have impressively highlighted the role that is being played by the corporate sector to cope up with the problem of inadequate investment in agriculture sector which is still considered to be the backbone of India economy. Agricultural sector still is the major source of livelihood for Indians. But, the problems associated with Indian agriculture still need some major reforms from public sector. The authors have counted the names of few companies which have played and are still playing positive role in the development of Indian agriculture but it is major responsibility of the public sector to revolutionise the already taken steps to better the conditions of agriculture sector and the farmers in particular. The majority of the farmers in India occupies the small landholdings below 2 hectares of land and these are called small or marginal farmers and most of these farmers are not educated enough to understand the complexities associated with the cumbersome process of getting institutional finance as loans from the banks. Consequently, they become victim to local moneylenders who exploits them on account of discretionary interest rates. Here the agricultural extension workers employed by the government can play their positive roles by honestly performing their duties in the field. Secondly, the bank employees should also cooperate the poor and uneducated farmers in providing them loans.
India and China both were agricultural economies and started their journey for development at same time. Today, China is ways ahead and India is still trying to improve the lots of her agricultural workers. The difference was of the political will to bring the desirable progress by emphasising on the implementation of reform measures.The United Nations in its revision of 2017 world population respects report has forecasted that Indias population will surpass the China. India perhaps would be the most populated country in the world and to provide food and employment to the people would not be possible to develop the agricultural sector. Agricultural sector should be Govt’s top most priority to ensure not only food security but also employment to the people. There is a dire need to revive this sector and to fill the loopholes thereby improving the plight of our farmers who always look at the government with open hands but are not getting enough help. Without improving their lot we cannot think of leading India towards the title of Superpower.
Nirmal Singh Chib,
R. S. Pura.
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