So the UPA government is set to improve credit availability (and write off loans) for farmers. Laveesh Bhandari tells you why, if improving the livelihood of farmers is a policy goal, the Manmohan Singh and P Chidambaram are barking up the wrong tree.
Here lies the crux of the matter. If use of new seeds, fertiliser use, irrigated land, cropping intensity, and private capital stock growth are not rising fast enough, then where is this credit going? To put it another way, what is the Indian farmer doing with the extra credit if he is not using it in seeds, fertiliser, water, capital or land? [IE]