March 20, 2015
Pratima Mandal speaks during discussion on the agrarian situation in the country | Transcript
Hon’ble Deputy Speaker,
Agriculture is the backbone of the Indian economy. 70% of our population earns its livelihood from agriculture. Majority of our farmers of our country farm for own consumption also, majority of the production is largely consumed by the farmers and their family and they do not have any surplus to sell to the market because of small landholding.
Sir, I would like to bring to the notice of the Hon’ble Minister through you Sir; that more awareness programmes are to be arranged to make the farmers aware about using modern technology to increase the production and also to make them aware of the seasonal harmful insects so that they can protect their crops.
Soil test is a major issue in this regard so that the farmers can know which crop is suitable for which field. Sir, digging of canals and installation of deep shallow are required to maintain the water flow to the field. I would like to request to the Hon’ble Minister to allot more fund in this respect.
Sir, Government should take initiative to regulate the market so that farmers can get actual price. Government should also kindly look into the matter of insurance policy to save the farmers’ lives.
Sir, farmers use chemical fertilizers and pesticides to increase the production and we take poisonous food daily due to that reason. Sir, I would like to request to the Hon’ble Minister to take positive measures for use of vermicompost fertilizers instead of chemical fertilisers to save our life as well as to protect our environment.
I would like to inform Hon’ble Member Badruddoja Khan gave false statement regarding farmer’s suicide in West Bengal. Our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken various measures to protect farmers of Bengal.
Sir, finally I would request the Hon’ble Minister to take measures for up-gradation of Kalyani Krishi Vidyalaya so that scientists can make an effort to innovate and devise more effective steps for the greater interest of the farmers of West Bengal.