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Farmers not getting good quality seeds

By STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, Feb 8 � A large section of farmers in Assam are facing difficulties in having access to good quality seeds and have suffered from delay in acquiring their required stock. Consequently, a situation of agricultural stress is developing that has affected many families, putting the rural economy at risk.

This has been revealed by participatory research carried out at the grassroots by Gramya Vikash Mancha (GVM), an NGO based in Nalbari, which has emphasised the need to have an overhaul in the system that enables farmers to procure seeds and other agricultural inputs.

It was found out that the promotion of hybrid seeds has resulted in a situation in which farmers have lost out on their traditional self-reliance, while indigenous seeds are disappearing fast. The Mancha has demanded that the Department of Agriculture take the matter seriously and initiate measures to train farmers to scientifically preserve indigenous seed varieties. Necessary infrastructure to conserve local seeds should be developed throughout the State.

Over-reliance on hybrid seeds, according to the Mancha, has created a number of problems for the farmers, which include escalating cost of production. Therefore, it called for a better �Lab to Land� system to develop and promote local varieties of seeds suitable for different agro-climatic conditions of the State.

Prithibhusan Deka of GVM told The Assam Tribune, �Inter-linkages in the rural economic scenario need to be reviewed, because many rural families, apart from cultivating crops, produce a range of items which bring in much needed economic relief.�

He underscored the necessity of having a system in place that would create sustainable links, including marketing incentives, for artisans and craftspersons to improve the rural agricultural landscape. Deka further mentioned that efforts should be made to enhance value addition, which will benefit the farmers in a direct way.

Limited government investment in the agricultural sector was identified as another element behind the unenviable economic condition of farmers, especially those who have small land holdings. In such a backdrop, the GVM has demanded that the State Government issue identity cards to all genuine farmers and facilitate them to purchase agricultural equipment and inputs at a controlled price.

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Farmers not getting good quality seeds

GUWAHATI, Feb 8 � A large section of farmers in Assam are facing difficulties in having access to good quality seeds and have suffered from delay in acquiring their required stock. Consequently, a situation of agricultural stress is developing that has affected many families, putting the rural economy at risk.

This has been revealed by participatory research carried out at the grassroots by Gramya Vikash Mancha (GVM), an NGO based in Nalbari, which has emphasised the need to have an overhaul in the system that enables farmers to procure seeds and other agricultural inputs.

It was found out that the promotion of hybrid seeds has resulted in a situation in which farmers have lost out on their traditional self-reliance, while indigenous seeds are disappearing fast. The Mancha has demanded that the Department of Agriculture take the matter seriously and initiate measures to train farmers to scientifically preserve indigenous seed varieties. Necessary infrastructure to conserve local seeds should be developed throughout the State.

Over-reliance on hybrid seeds, according to the Mancha, has created a number of problems for the farmers, which include escalating cost of production. Therefore, it called for a better �Lab to Land� system to develop and promote local varieties of seeds suitable for different agro-climatic conditions of the State.

Prithibhusan Deka of GVM told The Assam Tribune, �Inter-linkages in the rural economic scenario need to be reviewed, because many rural families, apart from cultivating crops, produce a range of items which bring in much needed economic relief.�

He underscored the necessity of having a system in place that would create sustainable links, including marketing incentives, for artisans and craftspersons to improve the rural agricultural landscape. Deka further mentioned that efforts should be made to enhance value addition, which will benefit the farmers in a direct way.

Limited government investment in the agricultural sector was identified as another element behind the unenviable economic condition of farmers, especially those who have small land holdings. In such a backdrop, the GVM has demanded that the State Government issue identity cards to all genuine farmers and facilitate them to purchase agricultural equipment and inputs at a controlled price.

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