The Center for Social Justice (CSJ-ILNU), Institute of Law Nirma University conducted a one-day workshop on “Agrarian Crisis in India: Challenges and Way Forward” on 1st October, 2018.
The experts included Mr. Kiran Kumar Vissa who is a farmer’s rights activist and member of ‘All India Kisaan Sangharsh Coordination Committee’, Mr. Kapil Shah, Managing Director of Jatan Trust which is an organisation promoting organic farming, Mr. Rohit Parakh, Agriculture Consultant, Prof. Sukhpal Singh, Professor at Centre for Management of Agriculture at IIM, Ahmedabad and, Dr. Madhusudan Bandi, faculty member at the Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad.
The workshop started with Mr Kiran Kumar Vissa, enlightening the students about the distressed situation of farmers in India, various campaigns going on in India seeking for implementation and relaxation of certain norms for the Farmers.
Followed by Mr. Kapil Shah along with a practicing farmer, elaborating and explaining the benefits of organic farming and why it is the way forward in India.
Prof. Bandi further talked about the Forests Rights Act and it’s implication on agriculture and farmers.
This was followed by Mr Sukhpal Singh from IIM Ahmedabad sharing his experiences of witnessing the market situation of farmers produce and their treatment by traders in areas of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. And how the statistics of various data are modified due to political and other reasons to give a distorted picture about the plight of farmers in India.