Agri­cul­ture first

Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

This refers to the cover story "Find­ing an­swers to the 34 mil­lion ques­tion" (1-15 De­cem­ber, 2015). The nar­ra­tive falls short of sug­gest­ing reme­dies. the farm sec­tor's con­tri­bu­tion to the na­tional GDP may be less than that of the con­struc­tion and ser­vice sec­tors, but it pro­duces food grains, the very vi­tal in­gre­di­ent that sus­tains life. Thus, so­ci­ety can­not af­ford to ig­nore agri­cul­ture merely on the ba­sis of GDP sta­tis­tics. A short sup­ply of food grains im­pacts even the con­struc­tion and ser­vice sec­tors.

Be­sides, the farm sec­tor has al­ways re­mained a ma­jor em­ployer of the coun­try's to­tal work­force. The govern­ment should there­fore take ini­tia­tives to tackle the cur­rent slide. To ad­dres the short­age of farm work­ers, the Mahatma Gandhi Na­tional Ru­ral Em­ploy­ment Guar­an­tee Act (MGNREGA) needs to be di­rected at the farm sec­tor.



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