Troubled harvest: Mismatch of demand and supply in factor markets have made this a bitter season for farmers

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It was on May 12 afternoon that Krishnendu Mahato, an employee of the West Bengal agriculture department, met a group of five farm workers walking along the state highway near Bishnupur in Bankura district. Led by Gurudas Hansda, the group of three men and two women, with badly blistered feet, had been walking for three days. They conversed in

of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research. He adds that farm credit should also be targeted well, especially at the small and marginal farmers. Apart from doles and handouts, a final answer to the problems probably lies beyond the pandemic when Gurudas Hansda and friends feel confident enough to make a return journey — and not on foot.