Story of India is the story of every young person trying to hold on to their grounds. Having independently moved out of the colonial parents since 1947, India has seen a lot of change. The journey in the Rural economy is also captivating in itself. From going through harshest famines to starting from scratch.The agriculture has gone from self reliant to export pride.
So what is it that is Really bugging the Farmers when the Govt recently introduced the Farm Bills?
The answer lies in Logistics. The huge uproar by Farmers mainly from Punjab, Haryana and Western UP over the recently passed Farm Bills shows the Infrastructural change that the Rural Economy is witnessing right now.
The demands that vary from deregulation to MSP assertion shows that the Farmers are witnessing the structural change.But the main question is: Who is the beneficiary? The answer: Private players and Corporate Giants
The next question: Why are the Farmers not united across the nation? Since this policy affects everyone?
The answer to this is really complicated. The northern belt of India close to the capital is a Logistical sweetheart for the Private players. Thats why Private players are focusing on optimizing their supply chain in those areas including building warehouses and Cold Storage.
The Eastern India( Eastern UP, Bihar, Bengal) lack the Infrastructural support and is a Logistical nightmare..No private player is going to enter these areas without the State security and assurances. Financially speaking the cost of doing business will be very high for the Private players and this is something that the farmers know too well.Hence the lukewarm response.
The northern belt is a profit enterprise and the real battle is about market share .Just like the Chocolate and Coffee Industry of Africa where the ultimate growers get nothing whereas end sellers sleep in Castle…The same shit is happening here and I hope we dont come to the “I told u so!” Situation