Amidst all the adversities, at least the weather is reassuring the countrymen on its behalf. The monsoon has not only knocked the country on time but it has been predicted to be completely normal this year.
Going into the details, it means that in the next four months, the monsoon rains in the country will remain between 96 and 104 percent of their average for the last fifty years, not more or less.
In the absence of alternative means of irrigation, the Indian farmer still looks up to the sky to quench the thirst of his fields, so the biggest relief in this news is for him. While Corona and lockdown have battered the entire country and the entire economy, rural India is suffering double as it has affected its own earnings, on the other hand working hard in the cities and doing its own work. His family, who nurture and provide some amount of cash to the farmer, have returned to him after losing their livelihood.
In such a situation, the news of coming on time of monsoon and staying normal will help him to visit the farm with hope and confidence. However, there is still no way to avoid the biggest crisis facing the farmers who are recovering from the double whammy of Corona and lockdown. This crisis is an attack by grasshopper parties. Despite all efforts to stop this disaster from the north-west has reached Chhattisgarh in the east and Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in the south.
Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Punjab have come under attack in the beginning of the year, the central government has issued a warning to the surrounding states to be careful.
This species of locust has also been found active in the harsh winter of last year, so if it is not eliminated in time, it can prove to be a big headache for the farmers. In view of these challenges, the government has tried to give some relief to the farmers on its behalf by increasing the minimum support price (MSP) on Monday.
Between the announcement of increasing the MSP by 50 to 83 percent in 14 Kharif crops, the MSP has been increased by 50 percent in crops like cotton, moong, and groundnut, but in the main Kharif crop, paddy, it is less than Rs 53 per quintal i.e. less than three percent. It has been decided to increase.
It is clear that a large section of farmers will have to be satisfied with this nominal increase. In such a situation, how much will this announcement do for the good of the country and the farmers, it is difficult to say?
The wheel of development has to rotate on the axis of agriculture for the next few months, so the government should show more generosity on this site. We should able to welcome the monsoon this year with full conscience and cooperation.