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Changing the Terms of the Discourse by Kumud Sharma

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Extracts from Serving Farmers and Saving Farming

Fifth and Final Report

Jai Kisan: Revised Draft

National Policy for Farmers

Government of India

Ministry of Agriculture

National Commission on Farmers

1.1 Why a National Policy for Farmers?

To those who are hungry, God is Bread — Mahatma Gandhi, 1946.

‘Everything else can wait, but not agriculture’ — Jawaharlal Nehru, 1947

A majority of the hungry live in rural India and also depend on agriculture for their livelihood; accelerated agricultural progress is therefore essential for their income and their food. The two statements above hence constitute the guiding principles of this policy

1.1.1 Many steps have been taken since 1947 to strengthen agricultural research, education and extension as well ...

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