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Farm Costs and Prices

Sanjay Kumar (April 29) raises some pertinent issues in response to your editorial (March 4) on food security which require serious consideration with particular reference to certain issues of both policy and practice that government has followed.

First, Kumar is only partly right in underlining the nature of subsidy sought to percolate to the consuming poor which in effect is a producer subsidy, but the benefit of the subsidy is unequally shared by the FCI and the rich farmers. Secondly, the grim picture generally drawn by officialdom is also not entirely correct in the sense that of the total production of foodgrains more than 20 per cent is wasted by rodents and pests, damaged due to inadequate storage facilities, improper handling and such other causes; even saving 50 per cent of these losses could have changed the entire picture of scarcity. A recent picture of the colossal waste of foodgrains and vegetables was presented by India Today.

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