Back from China, Jharkhand CM wants coop farming in state

It would change the fortunes of the peasantry, says Principal Secretary to CM

Ranchi: The Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das, back from a five-day visit to China at the head of a seven-member delegation, is so impressed by the cooperative farming model of the Communist giant, that he want to introduce it in his state.

In China, Das interacted with Song Tao, head of the International Liaison Department of the Communist Party of China, who was his chief host.

‘Deeply impressed’

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Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das (left) with Song Tao, head of the International Liaison Department of the Communist Party of China

Sunil Kumar Barnwal, principal secretary to the chief minister, who was also part of the delegation, said that the chief minister was deeply impressed by the cooperative farming system of China. “We saw a farm spread over 1,500 hectares. Around 1,000 farmers had handed over their big and small pieces of land to the farm. Farming was done using modern equipment, advanced irrigation techniques and high-quality fertilisers and pesticides. The production was many times over what the farmers could have managed cumulatively,” he said.

Barnwal said that the biggest advantage of the coop farming system is that the farmers have to do nothing after handing over their land to the cooperative. “They are free to take up jobs at other places and their land keeps on yielding income to them,” he said.

‘Fragmentation of land’

In contrast, in India, even brothers divide their father’s land between them, resulting in small, uneconomical farms. “The coop farming system would solve the problem of land fragmentation, which is a major threat to efficient production system as continuous subdivision of farms lead to small sized land holdings which are hard to economically operate,” he said.

Barnwal said that the government will soon introduce coop farming in the state. “However, we will be only in the role of facilitator with no role in running the farms,” he said.

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