Indian land of contradictions

In India, agriculture is a land of contradiction. The country produces 11 percent of the total global agriculture and at the same time, is host to world’s largest malnourished people. Providing the livelihood for about half of the Indian population, most of whom are small holder farmers, yet a majority of government agricultural subsidies are used by medium and large scale farmers. The average debt of farming household has increased five folds in a decade and more than 3,00,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide since 1995. The sector has progressed. But the challenge is, farmers have not.

Farmer in India, as any other country don’t farm because they are interested in food security of the country. They farm because they are interested in income and profitability. Large agricultural reforms in India have been farm-centric or production-centric and have not necessarily focused in income gain for farmers.

There is a need of shift from production centric infrastructure to the market centric infrastructure. The need is to make a shift from “What Data” to “Data for What”.

Money found it’s way into software and cars or anything other than agriculture because of the ease of doing business and better returns. Now since, many other sectors in the country are flattening the growth curves and agriculture is finally finding it’s place.

The challenge remains, apt utilization of resources with viable and cost effective solutions.

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