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Swaminathan calls for multi-pronged approach for farmers' well-being

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Nagpur, May 2 (UNI) Dr. M. S. Swaminathan, Chairman of the National Commission of Farmers(NCF), today called for a multi-pronged approach to ensure the well-being and security of farmers in the country.

Delivering his address at the 92nd convocation of Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Dr Swaminathan suggested creation of farmers' commissions in every state, establishment of a risk stabilisation fund to protect farmers from price fluctuations and expansion of the scope of agro-insurance policies.

Pointing out that agriculture was a state subject, he said every state government should, therefore, set up a state farmers' commission which should submit an annual report before the state legislature concerned for discussion and decision.

The Centre and the state governments should establish a join risk stabilisation fund to protect farmers from 'violent' fluctuations in prices, he further stated. Although there were a number of factors that drove a farmer to suicide, the most common was his worry about the price that he was likely to get for his produce, Dr. Swaminathan said.

Asserting that assured and remunerative price for farm produce was the core issue, Dr. Swaminathan said farmers should be assured that there would be 'strong' intervention from the government to prevent distress sales.

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