IM­PACT ON AGRI­CUL­TURE

India Today - - NATION -

Food pol­icy ex­perts say since the food bas­ket is be­ing largely ig­nored ( only wheat and rice will be given un­der the Food Se­cu­rity Bill), we are push­ing our agri­cul­ture sec­tor to­wards a ce­re­al­based econ­omy. Farm­ers will be ad­versely im­pacted as they fo­cus on th­ese crops alone. Also, as Govern­ment is the prime pro­curer and dis­trib­u­tor of food­grain, the bill will make prices volatile. P. K. Joshi, di­rec­tor, South Asia, IFPRI, ex­plains: “The bill will also dis­tort mar­kets of rice, wheat and coarse ce­re­als. In ar­eas where th­ese are not pro­cured, farm­ers will be af­fected as prices are likely to fall due to low is­sue prices. It

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