Agriculture in India: Performance, Challenges and Opportunities
The current analysis contextualizes Indian agriculture by an evaluation of its performance, the roles and challenges for the smallholders, and opportunities. One observes a turn-around in recent years (2004/5-2010/1) compared to the immediate post-reforms period (1993/4-2004/5), which had witnessed stagnation in comparison to the pre-reforms period (1981/2-1993/4). The changes in recent years could be attributed to some public policy initiatives on investments, research, extension and credit and also a slew of good monsoons among others. A matter of concern is the sustainability of smallholder farming who have difficulty in livelihood sustainability despite being efficient. It is here that one should look at opportunities that reduce costs and risks and use low external input sustainable agriculture (LEISA) while not compromising on production.
Author(s): S. Mahendra Dev, Srijit Mishra, Vijay Laxmi Pandey | Views(530) | Download (133)