AIKS National General Secretary Atul Kumar Anjaan said that the agricultural input costs have gone up by 35 to 50 percent. “The growing electricity charges, diesel prices, seed cost, prices of fertilizer and pesticide are showing a cascading effect on farmers’ economy and agricultural sector as a whole which may convert into a grave threat to production and productivity,” he asserted.
Anjaan said that the CCEA under PM Narendra Modi has not done justice to the farmers. “The so-called increase in prices of winter crops is like peanuts as compared to ever-growing agriculture input prices,” he said, underlining that the wheat which occupies the highest acreage sown crop in the country got only 5.4 percent increase as compared to 2022 – 23 prices.
Anjaan, a former member of Dr SwamiNathan Committee (National Commission on Farmers), said that the CCEA did not give a thought to the recommendation of the commission which had emphasised on C2+50 criteria. “PM’s declaration of doubling farmers’ income is therefore becoming merely a slogan,” he said.