Down to Earth
SHOULD FARMERS GET STEADY INCOME?
Farmers have rarely been considered eligible for payment for various ecological services like water purification, surface water flow, groundwater recharge, waste assimilation, carbon sequestration, climate regulation, pollination and much more. The old concept of Payment for Ecosystem Services can be used to ensure guaranteed farm income and make agriculture sustainable in the face of land degradation and climate change. Not to be confused with dole, regular income flow for farmers can stem rural migration and lure youths to take up farming. speaks to experts