The Government should promote community farming in India It is shocking to stumble upon news of suicide committed by farmers when we are aspiring to be one of the major economic powers in the world. But unfortunately, such incidents kept on reported. If today it is Maharastra, tomorrow it will be Vidharva, next day may be West Bengal. It is nothing new that farmers in most part of India are in dire situation and stopgap effort of government through loan waiver scheme and subsidy fails to bring any permanent solution to the problems of poor farmers. Even attempted land reforms to transfer ownership of lands to the poor farmers from the land lords but it neither contribute to the overall productivity nor does it bring any improvement in the life of the farmers. Though India is gifted with its vast plain, fertile soil, thousands of water bodies, it still lags behind many countries in terms of productivity. Use of modern machineries and facilities is very limited in India. Clearly for most of the farmers who own very small area it is not possible to introduce such things as cost can not be covered without large scale production. Since Independence India is following Soviet socio-economic model but why did not attempt community farming that was a feature of Agriculture in Soviet Union is beyond my knowledge. The problem is not much in those areas in India where lands are fertile except for those years when monsoon fails or there is surplus production ( yes, farmers also suffer for excessive production as price dips because of our poor distribution system). But community farming could really make a difference in those areas where people were not lucky enough with fertile land or any other option to lead a life. We may have noted many such areas have become strong holds of Maoist elements. Recently I found repots about some effort to promote community farming and it has changed people’s life within a couple of year. Even Late YS Rajshekhar Reddy, former CM of Andhra attempted to promote community farming and set up a model in the country. We don’t need be expert to analyze the benefits of community farming. It is true more prosperous farmers will be less inclined to such attempt until and unless a proper example has been set in front of them. So government me start promoting it in backward areas where people are really suffering. There are many benefits that can be linked with it. It uses a pool of resources say land and manpower enabling the community to afford modern technology in field which peasants can not do individually. Government can easily connect these communities with different agricultural institutes and research centers for improving performance. Government can sanction loans to the communities instead of individuals thus ensuring better chance of repayment. A community with the help of government can undertake proper planning do decide output level and type of the corps in specific period of time. It can undertake better storing, distribution and marketing thus curbing wide fluctuation in the commodity price. Other social welfare programs such as education, medical facilities etc can be build up making keeping a farmer’s community in center.