Zamir Khan Kagadi is Indian Politician from Junnar, Pune, Maharashtra. He is also an Agriculturalist and Social Entrepreneur. He is Nagarsewak and opposition leader, Junnar Nagar Parishad, Junnar. As Agriculturiest, he has been involved iPoultry, dairy, fish, Polyhouse and Exotic farming. He is the founder of Ittehad-e-Qaumi Movement. The mission of Ittehad-e-Qaumi Movement is utilise and develop Wakf properties commercially to create value and profit which, then, can be shared with different stakeholders or beneficiaries. And the excess profit will be invested in two special community initiatives – EDUCATION and MEDICATION.
In an exclusive interaction with The Policy Times, Zamir Khan Kagadi, Indian Politician, Agriculturalist, Social Entrepreneur and founder of Ittehad-e-Qaumi Movement shared his thoughts about Indian economy, his experience and understanding about reviving Indian agriculture.
Q. How do you see the Indian economy in the next 10 years?
Answer: India has shown a considerable downfall of 2% GDP (loss of 3 lakh crore) which has affected the agriculture sector. This will also have effect on consumption, in general, and agricultural produces to be specific. The subsidy of the government Is not benefitting farmers as we are still dependent on the traditional agricultural methods which needs reformation in the form of advance agricultural techniques. These will boost up the production in the agricultural sector. Time has come to adopt advance agriculture – use of technology to make farming commercially viable with increased production. Higher the production, more will be the profit.
Q. What are the challenges Indian farmers are facing today that needs immediate reforms?
Answer: As India is an agrarian economy and we have not been successful in creating enough food for our common masses. The eatables have their prices being fluctuated which will also affect the upcoming elections. The government is in their last phase and there is just one-and-half years left. And Government has already started preparing for next elections. A few months ago, no one knew about who is the Agriculture Minister. Now, the Ministry is taking a lot of measures to appease farmers such as providing funds for them, waiving off farm loans and increasing subsidies. The current Agricultural Minister at the Centre and in the State have started taking decisions in favour of farmers which bear fruits in the next 6-8 months. But the long term solutions like building irrigation infrastructure, scientific farming, monsoon resistant crops and increasing food storage and food processing infrastructure. The loan waiver of the farmers have got the restriction to those only who do not pay the income tax. The gimmick of subsidy by the state government has created just problems for the farmers inspite of provide any relief due to the various dominant catch.
Q.Does this mean going forward till 2019 elections, we will see more appeasement policies for farmers?
Answer: Yes! The subsidy has been implemented to some extent. The announcement of loan waiver scheme is just a reform which gives a temporary solution to the farmers who are actually in the need of permanent relief. They need better pricing of their products and better markets. The whole game is of demand and supply which needs a price control and regulation inspite of being at the mercy of the market. Agricultural activities is a long-term process which needs to be handled carefully which will benefit the customers if handled properly and also can ruin them if left at the mercy of the government. There is neither security nor accountability of the government to the make the payment on time.
Q.In India most of the farmers are small-land owners. Is it possible possible for them to do commercial viable farming?
Answer: The scattered land of the community need to be unified so that we can invest it on a professional basis which could pay handsome capital to the farmers at the end of the day. We have taken an initiative. There are huge wake properties which are not managed properly. We are reaching out to the people who are controlling them now and requesting them to give us to cultivate them under commercial farming. We have divided the portion of portions of the profit to farmers/labours and Masjids/property owners. We are investing rest of the profit in two dedicated community missions – Education and healthcare – building affordable hospitals to help the needy.