Tiwari, whose NGO has been documenting the Vidarbha crisis since 1995 said that globalization, free trade, besides unpredictable rains with intermittent dry or wet droughts, lead to crop failures and increasing cost of inputs and cultivation practices, mono-culture or dependence on a single crop only, poor awareness of agronomics, and lack of proper farm credit availability lead to an increased hold of private moneylenders are core issues Indian budget should address.
VJAS recalled finance minister, the promise of PM Narendra Modi of introducing the renowned farm scientist M S Swaminathan's formula for fixation of MSP which provides for cost plus 50 per cent remuneration to the farmers as the basis of fixation of MSP for agricultural crops.
VJAS said that it should be looked into during the process of finalization of Union Budget for 2014-15 that is only way to make agriculture far more sustainable besides ensuring no farmer was compelled to either leave this occupation or commit suicide.
As most of the distressed small and marginal farmers who commit suicide are debt trapped, hence complete loan waiver and fresh interest free short term crop loans should be given to them. Tiwari added that other farmers should be given crop loans at 2 per cent, while urging for one time debt relief package for all the farmers.