A two-day consultation was facilitated by SRUTI in Patna, Bihar, from 29-30th November 2011 to discuss problems and challenges faced by small holder cultivators / farmers.
The consultation saw 40 participants from 5 districts of Bihar – Patna, Madhubani, Ara, Gaya and Khagariya. The participants shared problems and challenges currently being faced in agriculture.
The main issues discussed were –
- Current scenario of small peasantry in Bihar and in the larger context of India
- Cost analysis of crops
- Reasons for increasing costs of farming
- Policies and legislations related to agriculture such as Seeds Bill, Land Titling Bill, farming policies, Right to Food Bill, etc.
- Obstacles in the way of sustainable agriculture and its scope in a neo-liberal economy
- Climate changes and adaptation techniques
After a long discussion and debate, the consultation ended on an encouraging note since Bihar is bound to be a village-centric society as 90% of the total population lives in villages with agriculture as their main sustenance.