Farmers respond to the market signals very well and the problem of artificially depressing prices has resulted in lesser rabi acreage and a lesser harvest is expected this season, said Ajay Vir Jakhar, chairman, Bharat Krishak Samaj.
"Farmers have sown less because commodity prices have been depressed and they did not think it was a viable proposition to sow as much as they could," Jakhar said.
According to the government data, the rabi acreage is down 4 percent. However, the National Bulk Handling Corporation (NBHC) report said that the Indian rabi output is expected to see quite a bit of a decline. The output is expected to go down by nearly 9.8 percent, it said.
About the protest by Nashik farmers, Jakhar said, “Time for giving assurances is long past. If the government wanted to act and set things right, it had a good five-year tenure. I think these farmers who are marching to Mumbai did the same last year."