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celebrate the final day of. his father's death. welcome to. it's good to have you with us indians have gone to the polls in the fifth phase of the country's more than month long general elections after elect a new parliament and prime minister narendra modi from the ruling hindu nationalists b j p he's seeking a second his main challenger the opposition congress party. in their campaigns both are focused on one major issue the plight of india. farmers why
there is simply because there's more than two hundred ten million of them and most are facing financial difficulties in the us farm sector is suffering from the combined effects of falling crop prices for government support lack of alternate employment to name just a few it's a situation that led to thousands of farmers committing suicide they never correspondents on our farm traveled to jabal port in the state of motherhood to meet a family living with the burden of india's farm sector mismanagement. three . is an old hand at this he's been farming since he was a teenager here in eastern. throwing pulses and cereal crops but these aren't patel's fields today his other friends are in the midst of the week toughest and he's struggling with full memories in mid march unseasonal he'll hit the neighboring district where patel's own four acre farms located in the storm
battered his crops and pushed him to a mental break down. the hailstorm clearly destroyed much of the. board money to sow the crops my first thought was to learn if i was shocked and lost all hope he couldn't think straight. in my life. but taylor was rushed to hospital where he spent days recovery he's still weak and suffers from frequent dizziness and nausea. he's not sure when he can work again at the beginning of the year patel took a bank loan of over two thousand five hundred euros to buy seeds and fertilizers rent a tractor and hire a farm hand. he also borrowed from money lenders to cover his family's expenses. the debt burden kept growing patel's hopes of a bailout evaporated as the local government suspended
a plan to write off farm loans after the elections the devastation to spawn was the final blow. to her. crops are a large law and if they fail where do we get money from i know i have no source of income for the rest of the year. or so i felt there was just no way out for me or i wanted to die. and. hooper patel is not an isolated case and it's not confined to state by the british across india hundreds the deputy farmers have committed suicide over the years the agrarian crisis is a major issue in the ongoing indian election with all political parties trying to woo farmers. on the outskirts of jabal pool the opposition congress party is holding a campaign rally. its leader to hold gandhi is promising a separate budget for farmers a complete loan waiver and is vowing the criminal proceedings will not be allowed
against farmers who default on their loans. nearly seventy percent of india still relies on agriculture for a living. experts say there's a lot of political rhetoric around this huge voting block. but little will to tackle the underlying crisis. what india needs to do what political parties need to do is to go into the root of the a gradient crisis on how farmers and farming can become the crucial engine of economic growth in india that's where the solution is for now there's no sign of that at the local wholesale market farmers that come in from surrounding areas to sell the grain and vegetables the government sets fixed prices for certain commodities to incentivise production. but farmers here say they're not getting those prices. the overriding view here is that farming simply isn't viable.
one hundred eighty here the prices of pretty nice isn't seeds has gone up there's no reliable electricity to run water pumps a crops get damaged. get polluted three farmers as food givers but they do nothing for us all the benefits go to the trade. patel to there's little hope left the pigs will change he sees no future in farming. all he wants is for a son to find. father moved from the precarious world of agriculture. now. joining us for more professor him montreux he teaches economics at harvard university professor good to see you know him yes farming crisis has been going on for quite some time now why has it not been addressed well there are a number of reasons for this but let me just say that. it said in the g.d.p.
is now when the us less than less than fifteen question is not in the list of the governments are trying to drive growth for that are compared to other countries but also because the need to difficult it seems to agriculture has become a little bit because of the globalization of the economy that instead of production in the agriculture sector it seems it's become much more cash based though so governments over the years have been not investing as much amount of money as is required for an agriculture which is dramatically in the last twenty to thirty years so i think the combination of all these factors and let the situation that you can use to remain well able to external shocks with their stocks as well as domestic internally internet economy you spoke of money in terms of money both ruling the opposition congress financial support for farmers in their manifestos in this election season is that the right approach you think. i mean obviously the it all of both of them i mean all political parties the state going to the sinking
them into trying to treat the symptoms when the crisis is on the street and on the street protesting against low prices or the crisis in the economy this i think is the best solution for that the politicians would think oh but remember this does not address that in these and as to why the economy is in crisis and i think the amount of money which is now being given as a symptomatic of a leaf kind of a thing if it was invested back in the issues part of the issues which basically lead to a better productive incomes to apartments over the longer and longer to fly that would have had much better to compare it with this kind of suspicion that every five years or ten years you keep on pumping money into the in the aggregate economy what is it what is some kind of a short term solution rather than as a long term investment in that you can see the economy what really would you say needs to be done to tackle the farming crisis and a lot of things need to be done and the first thing at in the first in the foremost in that sense is to bring agriculture back on the product the up economic policy making in the sense agriculture may not be going to be much for the g.d.p.
but that still is where. the workforce is and that political neighborhood issues going to be something which is that if it is serious but the need to difficult it seems and that needs to be understood it cannot be that the indignation kind of method that is what the government has to play into all of the subsidy diluted mechanisms that the government is trying to push it has become much more of a little bit but with monetized much more cash to be used and it has also become much more difficult to predict what is going to happen in terms of consent prices so i think you need a kind of cities of policies to bring together all these issues think of new ways of dealing with that nickel to bring a new understanding of what the changes that it is to consider and then will even think about finding solutions to the problems thank you very much for explaining that to us professor. university thank you. to brunei next but the tiny nation has put on hold plans to storm to death those found guilty of biscuits and
adultery the so town of brunei. has extended a moratorium on the death penalty to cover offenses under its new sharia code sharia law fully came into force in the country last month brunei the only country in southeast asia to have sharia law at the national level the move had sparked international outrage including from the united nations. brunei's backtrack has been noted on social media by rights activists but many say the soul found announcement is not enough jack di tweeted this this is the part of activism thank you so much to every single person who signed petitions attended protests post a tweet tweets people power does work now for decriminalization but demand for more action from human rights watch deputy asia director for robertson said more pressure is needed the entire sharia criminal law should be scrapped because it's a rights abusing monstrosity reminiscent of a medieval yesterday that has no place in the modern age you'll remember many
celebrities indorsed the boycott of brunei own properties to protest the death penalty law among them the polo lounge in los angeles once frequented by lisa vanderpump from the real housewives of beverly hills how to eat today o.-m. g. brunei will not enforce death penalty we have been neetu at the polo lounge for drinks but a fan replied these do not go back to the photo lounge gays are still find in prison for up to ten years in brunei once all eyes are off them again who knows what will happen. to thailand next which has seen three days of seventies to crown a new king king my home was it a long gone has been officially crowned thailand's ruler earlier today the queen. on the ground palace balcony to greet the public their parents came off the weekend of federal monies which saw the new king crowned with a multi-tiered calm i'm taking it on bank holds on to tone on the seven alone he's
taken on the way of drama all the time among his venue for some fights. has been following the coronation of bangkok she spoke to us about the challenges facing the new injury and huge crowds of taking to the streets over the past few days to watch history in the making thousands braved the baking heat for hours on end on sunday to catch a glimpse of the king as he was carried through the streets of bangkok dressed in a sea of yellow as a mark of respect people chanting long live the king as he costs after all this is the first time most people here have witnessed the coronation of the thai king in their lifetime thoughts behind the celebrations this is a time when time in thai politics once the festivities are over the focus will again tend to much as disputed elections with the results still unclear. that's a fact of their most orders on a website they dub a dot com for slash and be sure to check us out on facebook as well. relieving our
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