He underlined that though essentials should be affordable for all, farmers should not bear the brunt of it.
Hosabale’s remarks on Saturday came amid a scathing attack on the central government by opposition parties over rising prices and imposition of Goods and Services Tax (GST) on basic food items like flour and curd.
RSS The leader was speaking at an international conference on agriculture organized by the RSS-affiliated Indian Farmers Association With Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Indian Center for Agricultural Economic Research.
Referring to a presentation made by Amul Managing Director RS Sodhi on the link between inflation and food prices, Hosabale said, “The issue of the relationship between inflation and food prices needs to be seriously considered.”
Hosabale said, “It was suggested in the presentation that people are ready to pay more for industrial products, but not for food items… and added that cooperatives can play a bigger role in this regard.
Talking about the development in the agriculture sector, he said, “In the last 75 years, the development in agriculture is a matter of pride for all of us… India became an exporting nation (in food grains) from a begging bowl.
“India has not only become self-sufficient in the matter of food grains, but can also send to other countries and the credit goes to all the governments, scientists and farmers till date.”
Emphasizing on the need to increase the stature of the farmers, Hosabale said that there is a need for a movement to make agriculture attractive which will also help in checking the rapid migration from villages to cities.
“There is no guaranteed income for the farmers and their livelihood is dependent on many external factors like rains. There are challenges like rising cost of living.
He said, “But what I see going down is the social status of a farmer in the society. Even at the lowest level of government programs, I have invited lawyers and school principals But not the farmers.”
He said that more attention is needed on rural industrialization which can prevent unplanned migration from villages to cities. Institutions like NCRI started by PV Narasimha Rao needs to be strengthened.
Noting that Indian agricultural practices have always been ahead of time, Hosabale said that students of agriculture should also learn about the ancient knowledge systems of India, which had the best traditional farming practices. PTI JTR