The most important component of agriculture is in severe scarcity and farmers have limited options in this regard.
In a recent meeting of members of Association For People Of Haryana (AFPOH) we discussed about contemporary problems and future potentials of agriculture in India. What we realised from the discussion is that agricultural productivity is continuously becoming affected by multiple factors. We discussed all these factors one by one and also explored supplementary activities that can support and strengthen agriculture in India.
However, one thing caused great cause of concern among the members. It is the lack of water for agriculture purposes and the reducing level of ground water all over India. Members also discussed that not only decreasing water levels but even the quality of water is not good for agriculture purposes.
So how India has reached to this dangerous situation? May be we over exploited the natural resources like water or may be our policies in this regard are not workable. We explored various possibilities to improve the situation and come to the conclusion that urgent action is needed in this regard before it is too late. Clearly we need a new and better Water Policy of India 2019 so that water crisis can be managed before it gets out of the hand.
We discussed various traditional and contemporary solutions for water crisis of India. What emerged from this discussion is the need to formulate a Comprehensive Techno Legal Water Policy of India 2019. This is the right time to take help of AgTech Startups and other Startups. We at PTLB Projects are also eager to provide Techno Legal solutions for this water crisis of India and would use the TeleLaw Project of PTLB to get best results for farmers and rural communities.
However, we may face two problems in this regard. First, Indian Government may not be very receptive to this idea as for the past 5 years it has adopted super conservative approach. Risk taking and taking bold steps is need of the hour and Indian Government has to move out of its conservative shell. Second, even if Government decides to act there is still the implementation problem. Bureaucratic hurdles, lack of performance analysis and missing accountability for non performing individuals/organisation would make this entire exercise futile.
Nevertheless, PTLB Projects has already starting working upon the Comprehensive Techno Legal Water Policy of India 2019. We would appreciate if the Indian Government supports us in this regard and make this aspect part of its 100 days agenda. If Government is involved at the very first stage, we can incorporate the concerns and suggestions of Indian Government too. That is why an open and healthy discussion between Indian Government and PTLB Projects/AFPOH is absolutely required.
According to Praveen Dalal, founding member of AFPOH, agricultural reforms in India need direct involvement and financial help of Indian Government. Incentives and taxation benefits must be given to farmers and Startups helping farmers in India. The Income Tax Act, 1961 also needs some fine tuning keeping in mind the support we have to extend to agriculture community in India opined Praveen Dalal.
Technology should be used to get best results out of water management practices and for getting best agricultural productivity. Soil testing, water testing, providing best quality seeds and organic fertilizers, etc are some of the aspects that can be part of the Techno Legal Water Policy. We intend to work upon this policy on priority basis and if Indian Government is able to extend its expertise and guidance, that would be a great help.