What is happening to agriculture in India?
As every Indian knows and should know that the backbone of our country is agriculture, farmers sweat in land to produce food for the livelihood of people, who do not even consider the existence of farmers. Well if they do not consider their existence, why would they even care about their existence being threatened?
POLITICS IN AGRICULTURE
Agriculture in India: (Year 2013)
|GDP through agriculture||13.7% of the GDP|
|Workforce||50% of country’s workforce|
|Worth of export||USD 39 Billion|
|India’s position in agricultural export||7th largest in the world|
This is the country’s position in agriculture in the world, and it is demographically the broadest economic sector. GDP of agriculture and allied sectors in India was recorded at US$ 244.74 billion in FY16. According to the advanced estimates of Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation (MOSPI), agriculture and allied sector recorded a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) rise of 6.64 per cent during FY07-16. Agriculture is the primary source of livelihood for about 58% of India’s population.
GDP From Agriculture in India decreased to 3095.38 IND Billion in the third quarter of 2016 from 3743.90 IND Billion in the second quarter of 2016. GDP From Agriculture in India averaged 3899.02 IND Billion from 2011 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 5217.45 IND Billion in the fourth quarter of 2013 and a record low of 2715.05 IND Billion in the third quarter of 2011.
Everyday we read about at least one farmer suicide across the country. The whole future of the family and their codependents gets ruined by the loss of one life. This is nothing new to the World’s largest growing economy. India sets milestones in R&D, space research, infrastructure, business and so on, but
What is the future for agriculture and farmers in the country?
Agriculture is one of the slowest growing economic sector of the country with a growth of 3% per year, which is estimated to rise at a rate of 4.1% in 2017.
So why is agriculture on the decline in the country:
- Small Size of Holdings
- Vicious Circle of Poverty
- Inadequate Irrigation Facilities
- Lack of Adequate Finance
- No Scientific Methods of Cultivation
- Lack of Marketing Facilities
- Agricultural Research
- Lack of Productive Investment
- Social Factors like illiteracy, superstition, etc.
- Natural Calamities
- Poor Livestock
- Land Policy and Legislation
I would like to focus on these topics one by one and the role of Indian Government and other anti-national, anti-social elements that work hand in hand with them.
As these issues are based on various factors, I would like to post them one at a time through my Facebook page. Follow my page www.facebook.com/ayouthofindia to keep receiving my posts.