If state governments want to show that they care about farmers then it's not just about the Anchor Borrowers program (which is a good initiative from government).

beyond that, state governments need to be more involved with the Farmers.

They need to have representatives talking
to the farmers at all times, understanding what the challenges are from day-to-day,

How is the weather affecting them?

What are their needs?

How does the Government address their need for cash?

Sometimes they need money at specific times

For example, special occasions,
during festivities or when it's time for school fees, or for health facilities.

a lot of the time, state governments are running away from the responsibility of having to actually provide basic amenities for rural people which is why they just leave them alone.
If you leave them alone they will sell their goods to whoever gives them cash on time

and a lot of the time, you have these people that are export oriented coming to mop up the crops from them.

so if people like that come and give them cash they sell
to those who then export it outside to other countries, while food in the country is scarce and expensive

you can't blame anybody for it.

we need to hold state governments responsible

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