Committee For Farm Distress

In view of the reports of farmers’ suicide due to agrarian distress, the State Government has been advised to take proactive steps by forming Review and Advisory Committee both at State and district Level.

Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoAFW) has asked the State Government to form State Level Review and Advisory Committee immediately to take further necessary actions to curb such incidents.

And now the State Government will form the State Level Committee headed by the Chief Minister with the main objective to check every possibilities of farmer’s suicide by working to remove indigence and vulnerability among the farming community.

Similarly, District Level Review and Advisory Committee will be formed with the chairmanship of the Minister In Charge of the District.

As the reports of Farmers’ Suicide case are reaching the State Government, which is a matter of concern, officials admit, under this backdrop, the Review and Advisory Committees have been assigned responsibilities so that such sad incidents can be avoided in future.
As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), 1,895 farmers have committed suicide in the state between 2005 and 2015.
Quoting from the report, the Minister Agriculture Pradeep Maharathy revealed in the State Legislative Assembly mentioning that of the ten years, 2006 accounted for 283 deaths, the highest, followed by 260 in 2008 and 254 in 2005. As many as 240 farmers ended their lives in 2007.
Odisha accounts for 3 to 7 percent of the total farmer suicides in the country, the Minister cited from the report. 
While the Central Committee for doubling the farmers’ income is busy in finalizing the Committee Report, MoAFW  has issued the Guidelines in order to cover all the farmers and to promote growth in Agriculture and allied sector in a comprehensive manner.

Dr.Ashok Dalwai, Additional Secretary MoAFW is the Chairman of the Committee is finalizing the Report, which will be placed soon with the Government, said sources.

Focus will be on increasing the net income from each unit of farm by reducing the cost of cultivation, increasing per unit yield and higher market return on the farmer’s produce.

Secondly, efforts will be made to offer security to farmers against unpredictable nature of agriculture through comprehensive crop insurance, unified insurance package, speedy and efficient delivery of relief entitlements and the like.

Enhancing access to institutional credit both by increasing the volume of credit and also by better targeting, said sources.

Supplementing the farmer’s income, particularly during off-season times by creating an enabling environment for generating alternate off-farm activities is the objective of the Committee.

Building farmer’s resilience and prepare them to negotiate unpredictable nature of farm activities and low level income by coverage under various welfare schemes of the Government.

Most importantly, improvement of Governance with a view to achieve efficiency and transparency in delivery of agricultural services is to be taken up by the Administration, said sources.

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