A NEW DAWN FOR AGRICULTURE IN INDIA
Category:Indian Agriculture 10 Jun, 2014
India is widely known for its agrarian economy, as agriculture is demographically the broadest economic sector, employing 58% of the workforce now and plays a significant role in the overall socio-economic fabric of India.
The economic contribution of agriculture to India’s GDP is steadily declining with the country’s broad-based economic growth. In the past few years, Indian agriculture has been bombarded with many issues – rapidly reducing natural resources like water, declining yield, depletion of soil fertility, etc. Limit for increasing the net sown area, decline in the surface irrigation expansion rate and reduction in ground water table, further aggravate the pain points of Indian farmers. As a result, farming is fast becoming a non-viable activity.
The agricultural sector, has for long been seeking a paradigm change, in terms of policy interventions and reforms. Past month we saw a new regime at the Centre. With charge in new hands, we feel hopeful for a rapid transformation in agriculture.
The agricultural ministry has painted a bright picture for agricultural reforms. Few strong infrastructural changes are anticipated to happen in the near future. To address the water shortage for irrigation, a scheme “Pradhan Mantri Gram Sinchayi Yojna” is expected to be brought forth soon.
It can’t be denied that water is one of the most integral and critical resource for agriculture. At present, only 45% (63 Mha.) of the total cultivable land is irrigated in India. Out of this, only 11% (7.47 Mha.) is under micro irrigation (MI). Still, India has a huge potential of 56 Mha. to be tapped by micro irrigation. With govt. support in the form of a dedicated scheme for irrigation sector and proven benefits & savings by MI is sure to catapult MI adoption in the country.
Micro irrigation has enormous potential, we also have proven benefits and successful project models in place. I believe, with the advent of new policies & reforms, growing awareness about the technology and our determined efforts, our purpose of helping the world “Grow More With Less” will be further bolstered in the coming months, sooner than later !