BAERC was founded in 1985 as an under societies registration act having jurisdiction of the whole country. Envisioned by Shri Dattopant ji Thengdi, BAERC was established to work as a think tank and provide a holistic path to farmers’ organization for their sustainable development. BAERC advocates farmer centric agricultural development wherein the farmers are hedged from market driven demand and supply risks. It works through its state chapters in all states of India. Since its inception, it is exclusively engaged in intellectual discourses on all facets of Indian agriculture. It mainly focuses on formal deliberations through seminars and conventions and informal discussions with the farmers, subject experts and other stakeholders to suggest contemporary interventions to policy makers. Over the years the center has published extensive documents on farmers’ suicides in Maharashtra, WTO regime in Indian context, land acquisition issues etc.
A policy document ‘Krishi Neeti’ published in 2013 provided the total insight about needs of the farming community and provided a comprehensive framework for price fixation of agricultural commodities. It also invoked the re-orientation of agricultural research and education systems towards Indian ethos and cultural heritage. BAERC was appreciated for its presentations on land and poverty issues at the World Bank, USA. It has also made several representations to prestigious institutions like Standing Committee of Parliament on Agriculture, NITI Ayog etc. on minimum support price, cost of production etc. Recently on November 21 – 22, 2018, a National Consultative Convention on Seeds was organized by BAERC to provide fair turf to stakeholders of the seed industry for uninterrupted and quality supply of seeds. Promotion of indigenous entrepreneurship development among farming fraternity and ways to sustain the endeavors along with existing market trends was primarily focused. An International Conference was organized on the occasion of the birth centenary of Late Shri. Dattopant ji Thengdi during 18 - 19 February, 2020 at New Delhi.
Dr. Makarand Karkare
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