Vidarbha Jan andolan Samiti (VJAS) activist group working for dying cotton farmers of west vidarbha has termed the reassignment of NCP Chief Sharad Pawar as agriculture and public distribution system(PDS) as unfortunate. Vidarbha cotton farmers are strongly protesting the decision of Indian Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh to give important agriculture and public distribution system(PDS) ministry portfolio to NCP Chief Sharad Pawar whose party has been totally rejected by not only cotton farmers of vidarbha and marathwada but his own sugarcane farmers in
“The Indian government's lackadaisical approach to agricultural problems is best exemplified in Agriculture Minister Pawar finding time to be president of the Board of Control of Cricket in
Successive Indian governments have failed to execute land reforms to enable small farmers to own tilling land. NREG ignores these core issues. More damningly, NREG has not stopped indebted farmers killing themselves. Over 10,000 cotton-growing farmers have committed suicide since 2004 in Vidharba district,
Rural poverty is the looming dark side of the "India Rising" economic story, and agriculture comprises 18% of India's gross domestic product; 65% of India's population live in villages, and the agriculture sector is facing critical challenges, such as from cheaper imported farm produce as the Indian economy has opened to global competition.
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