Pune: Members of the various farmers’ organisations have stressed on the need to have good research in the field of agriculture. Over 200 farmers from all over the country are in the city for a three-day national conference to discuss several issues bothering the farmers’ community. Problems like suicides, loan waiver, pesticide poisoning, nature’s havoc, water issues, electricity charges, land grabbing, the demand of minimum support price and several others are been discussed by the farmers to find solutions. Farmers community claim that the government is falling short to address their issues and so it is high time to look for a solution within.
Raghunathdada Patil, who is heading the conference, said, “It is sad that farmers are struggling in a country where agriculture is a major part of the economy.” Satyashodhak Shetkari Sabha leader Kishor Dhamale said that education about agriculture and education in the farming community is a problem in the country which needs to be addressed on priority basis. “Agriculture plays a major role in the nation’s economy but it is not been discussed in the routine educational course. Though we have special agriculture colleges and research centres, very less research has been done in the field. There is a need for research in the dry land farming. There are colleges of economics but agricultural economics is not been discussed,” added Dhamale.
Speaking about the need for education, Dhamale said that spending on education in India is around 4 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) which should be at least 10 per cent. “Spending on education and students should be increased. The education system should change so that farming and farming community are looked upon with respect,” added Dhamale.
Professor P Pardesi said that active participation of women is required in the field of agriculture.
“The wives of farmers have to be active in fields as well as in-house. They continue to face problems and so these women should actively participate in solving problems of the farming community,” added Pardesi.