May 29, 2015
Instead of delivering irrelevant homilies to small farmers, Mr Modi should be thinking in terms of creating a huge demand for alternative employment, mainly in the construction sector. His promised hundred new cities is a capital idea.
In his speech to a farmers’ gathering in the capital on May 26, Prime Minister Narendra Modi advised them to retain a third of their holding for farming, another third for fodder for the cattle and livestock, and the final third to grow timber. He seems to be oblivious of the reality.
The average size of a farm holding is 1.15 hectare, of which Mr Modi wants the farmer to reserve about 0.36 ha for growing crops for sustenance and sale, 0.36 for fodder for livestock, and the rest for growing timber, which will take a quarter of a century to mature. How will the family live and who will feed them meanwhile?