Posted by Sandeep Shelke on July 24th, 2011
I’ve always been wondering about the way prices are decided for farm produces. I’m a farmer’s son and have witnessed the helplessness of the farmer very closely when some people decide the price for the produce bellow expectation/production cost. So by selling their produce at lower cost they incur heavy losses. Forget about profits it becomes very difficult even to recover investment cost, and self labor cost.
Just consider this for a while, you are working at some place and the compensation you receive is not even able to cover your costs of basic needs then how long would you prefer to be at that work without any hope? Whenever you go for interview you people first talk about the salary; negotiate and then only agree to work together. But when it comes to farmer’s produce all but they can decide their produce pricing.
Whats the solution? If we can have “Right to Education”, “Right to Information”, “Right to Freedom”, “Right to Expression” etc. Why not “Farmer’s Right to Decide Price”.
It ain’t a big expectation since all big business houses enjoy this liberty. Take example of Coca-cola, Colgate, Ponds, Lux, Reboke, Nike, Tatas, Ambani, etc. Whats the difference between these big business houses and small farmers (though I don’t consider farming merely a business since it helps you live better, its a great service to human being)?
My expectation is simple: “Farmers Right to Decide Price must be recognized”.
What right does govt have in fixing price for my produce? If they feel certain class is not able to eat that food due to price they can subsidies them directly but must refrain from controlling prices of my produce. Surprisingly they don’t control prices for the produce/service of the big business houses. E.g. recently de-controlled petroleum prices.
P.S. I know my English skills are average but I hope I’ve clearly said whats rightly mine.
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