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Agriculture and Economic Development in India

Md. Ejaz Anwer (Author)

Agricultural sector occupies a key position in the Indian economy. Though agriculture has now shrunk as a proportion of gross domestic product (GDP) to around 13 percent, it is a vital sector and provider of livelihood for 2/3rd of India’s working population. Although Indian agriculture is way back compared to the levels in developed countries, some notable developments have occurred since Independence in 1947. Large areas which suffered from repeated failures of rainfall have received irrigational facilities and new crops have come to occupy a significant position in the country’s production and trade. Problems of rural indebtedness and the exploitative practices of the village moneylenders are much less. While there have been farmers-friendly efforts—such as those to promote institutional credit to rural areas, improved access to inputs, subsidies on fertilisers and electricity, minimum support prices etc.—but these have not been fully successful in protecting the interest of the farmers in general, and small/marginal farmers in particular. Marginal and small farmers have borne the brunt of the adverse circumstances in agriculture. The spate of suicides by farmers in many areas is the most disconcerting manifestation of this distress. Accelerating the rate of growth of agricultural production must be seen as central to a more inclusive growth.  

Contents: 1. Importance and Performance of Agriculture in India. 2. Indian Agriculture: Reviews. 3. Agriculture and Farm Diversification: Methodological Aspects. 4. Growth and Employment Generation in Agriculture. 5. Growth and Share of Agriculture in India’s Exports. 6. Agriculture and Food Security. 7. Reasons, Nature and Pattern of Agricultural Diversification. 8. Cropwise Trends in Agricultural Diversification. 9. Problems of Agricultural Diversification. 10. Prospects of Agricultural Diversification. 11. Conclusions, Findings and Suggestions. Bibliography. Index.

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Bibliographic information

Title Agriculture and Economic Development in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 17.08.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788177084801
length 238p.