National food security mission in the service of farmers: An overview
Navdeep Kakkar, Prabhjot Kaur and R.K. Dhaliwal
Indian Journal of Economics and Development
Year : 2014, Volume : 10, Issue : 1a
First page : ( 94) Last page : ( 98)
Print ISSN : 2277-5412. Online ISSN : 2322-0430.
Article DOI : 10.5958/j.2322-0430.10.1a.028
National Food Security Mission in the service of farmers: An overview
Kakkar Navdeep, Ex-M.Sc. Student, Kaur Prabhjot, Professor, Dhaliwal R.K., Professor
Department of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141004
JEL Classification: H23, Q12, Q15, Q16, Q18
Online published on 26 February, 2014.
The study was conducted to find out the services availed by the farmers under National Food Security Mission in Ludhiana district. The objectives of the study were to find out level of satisfaction of the farmers, ascertain the problems faced by the farmers and to seek suggestions from the farmers to make the subsidies more effective. A sample of 120 farmers was selected randomly covering all the 12 blocks of Ludhiana district from the list of the farmers who had availed subsidies under NFSM. Data were collected through personal interview approach. Findings of the study revealed that majority of the farmers were in middle age group (40–55 years), educated up to matric and had large operational land holdings (>25 acres). More than 67 per cent of the farmers availed the membership of co-operative society. State Department of Agriculture was the main source of information regarding subsidies among the farmers. Majority of farmers availed subsidies on rotavator followed by seed cum fertilizer drill and appreciated assistance provided by the concerned authorities to complete documentation procedure. Majority of the farmers were very much satisfied regarding quality of inputs and amount of subsidy. Only few farmers had shown dissatisfaction regarding quantity of inputs. More than 37 per cent of the farmers received amount of subsidy in more than sixty days. Lengthy documentation procedure and delay in release of subsidies were the main problems faced by the farmers. To make the subsidies more effective, farmers suggested that criteria for availing subsidies need improvement so that most of the small and marginal farmers get more benefit.