Harvest home

Though agrarian reforms were introduced several decades ago, the farmers who should have been the actual beneficiaries of the reforms have not been so. Nor did agriculture get a real boost despite the fact that huge sums of money were spent in its name. According to a report, farmers in Kaski are left with no other choice but to sell the staple produce of the region — oranges — at a very cheap price. This is mainly to be attributed to the fact that not only is there an absence of government mechanism to make regular price adjustments when the market overflows with local products, but also of strategies that would have helped the farmers to export their products to markets outside. On the other hand, the middlemen, who buy products at a much lower price, take away the largest share of the pie.

Farmers in the remote regions of the country fare worse, for they are neither able to sell their products in the local market, often owing to low demand, nor able to send their produce outside for lack of transportation facilities. The plight of farmers in the accessible regions of the country is not much better. Often, farmers, after the harvest, barely take home adequate return on their investments. The failure of the government to make strategic plans to help farmers market their products and get fair prices has often put the farmers at the receiving end. The objective of any agrarian reforms is unlikely to be met unless the government makes sure that its plans actually benefit the farmers.