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  1. 1. MANTHAN 2013 Sowing Prosperity : Boosting Agriculture Productivity
  2. 2. An agricultural giant incapable of ensuring the food security of its own population!! Small scale problems: • Population pressure • Small holdings • Lack of poor storage facility • Depleted soils • Inadequate irrigation facilities • Farm implements Agricultural sector in india faces 3 major problems: • Nearly three-quarters of India’s families depend on rural incomes. • The majority of India’s poor (some 770 million people or about 70 percent) are found in rural areas. • India’s food security depends on producing cereal crops, as well as increasing its production of fruits, vegetables and milk to meet the demands of a growing population with rising incomes.
  3. 3. 0 10000 20000 30000 40000 50000 60000 70000 80000 90000 100000 1970-71 1976-77 1980-1981 1985-86 1990-91 1995-96 2000-01 2005-06 2010-11 MARGINAL SMALL SEMI MEDIUM LARGE NO. OF OPERATIONAL HOLDINGS AS PER DIFFERENT AGRICULTUR CENSUS • The marginal group holds the max. operational land which implies the agricultural land is sub-divided into small bunches. • Due to small size we can derive that the productivity is not well. • Had it been institutional we would had a different scenario. Operationalholdings(in‘000)
  4. 4. Acc. to IFPRI inspite of green revolution the investment in subsidies in have become subject to far reaching concerns in india due to following: • They have outlive their original purpose of stimulating input use. • The benefit large scale farmers as compared to small-holders. • They are fiscal burden on state • They may have negative environmental implications. UNEXPECTED WEATHER(a major cause): • Farmers face many stressful uncertainties by the nature of their work and their lack of access to insurance and to finances at reasonable interest rates. • The Indian monsoon is often unpredictable, and unexpected weather—such as long periods of drought—can cause crop failures, drastically reducing the farmers’ income. • Environmental experts expect climate shocks to become more frequent in the future as a result of global warming and shifts in climatic zones.
  5. 5. Failure of Green Revolution: • The cropping patterns of the Green Revolution, based on repeated planting of soil depleting crops like rice and wheat, led to erosion and degradation of land. • The influx of genetically modified seeds for monocultures made farmers reliant on agrichemical and seed corporations and destroyed genetic diversity, making crops much more vulnerable to new pests and diseases . • The supposedly “high yielding varieties” of seeds required far more inputs than the traditional varieties, and farmers went into debt to buy these seeds and the fertilizers, pesticides, and irrigation water to support them. • The intensive application of chemicals resulted in soil toxicity in much of India, threatening the health of plants, animals, and humans. • Today, there is a crisis in groundwater due to depletion from heavy irrigation, and farmers are driven further into debt to install increasingly powerful and expensive pumps to utilize this water. • Many Indian agricultural experts find agriculture to be unsustainable and unprofitable, and some predict a rapid decline in agricultural output in the future.
  6. 6. Low level productivity Low agricultural productivity is a problem at two levels in India: • national level • the level of individual farmers and their families.  At the national level, India has a population that needs 210 million tons of grain, but India produces only 200 million tons (Agoramoorthy, 2008).  At the individual level, the extremely small size of Indian landholdings restricts total output. The small size of Indian farm plots may also be a cause for inefficiency  India has recently put bans on exports of rice, wheat, and corn to help ensure domestic food security and stable prices, but this strategy does not resolve the issue that population growth is continuing to outpace growth in agricultural productivity  India found that chemical fertilizer recommendations for planting are based on outdated soil surveys.
  7. 7. MSP Policy: • Minimum support prices (MSPs), buffer stocks, and the public distribution system (PDS) are the basis of India’s food security and pricing system. • In recent years, the Indian government has steadily and significantly increased MSPs for certain crops to counter claims of MSPs too low to support farmers, as well as to satisfy the demands of more powerful farmers and regions. • The World Bank reported in 2005 that benefits accrued to large farmers as a result of the MSPs were 13 times larger than those to a marginal farmer in the same state and 95% of procurement of wheat, for which there was a high MSP, occurred in only three states (World Bank, 2005). • Worse than these inequities is that the government has sometimes been unwilling to support its announced MSP, failing to purchase at this price from farmers seeking to sell to them for lack of a better price elsewhere
  8. 8. Impedations to domestaic sales and exports: • Two major impediments to domestic sales and exports are 1) Food safety risks. 2) Lack of infrastructure for processing. • India’s national market is giving increasing value to the quality and safety of foods, and despite India’s tremendous share of global food production, India contributes only 1.5% of exports of processed food (Singh, 2008; Kumar, 2008) • Post-harvest losses are 25 to 30% (Kumar, 2008).
  9. 9. Agricultural and food policyEnvironmental policy Energy policy Economic policy • Fertilizer policies • Policies on electricity and supply of ground water • Policies to maintain soil fertility • Policies for irrigation and water management Policy fields related to fertilizer subsidy and electricity supply to agriculture As we can see here since 2008, the intersection of agriculture to environment policy and agro to environment to energy policy is very low which has caused subsequent decrease in production.
  10. 10. SOLUTIONS • Promoting institutional land holdings instead of individual or joint holding so as to have a systematic approach. • Gov. should target small scale small holder farms while providing subsidies if institutional farming fails • Utilising waste lands for house hold purposes for construction. For ex: in agriculture census of 2010-2011 GOV. of RAJASTHAN distributed wastelands for house hold purposes so as to utilise agricultural land for actual use. • Getting in touch with institutions like INTERNATIONAL FOOD POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE(IFPRI) which aims at making policies for food needs in developing countries. • Subsidize the fundamental nutrient ,nitrogen ,rather than compounds such as urea. • A SUSTAINABLE GREEN REVOLUTION IN ORGANIC FARMING by using new techniques in a way the strengthens ecological systems and preserves natural resources
  11. 11. • Skill development training programs and efforts to ensure that all needed inputs are available to farmers. • DEVELOPMENT and EXPANSION OF FOOD PROCESSING FACILITIES : which would help diversify and commercialize agriculture by : 1) extending product shelf-life, 2) adding value to produce, 3) increasing farmers’ income 4) generation of employment and foreign exchange earnings for India. • The methodology for arriving at the MSP should undergo periodic, transparent, and thorough review by both academicians and farm leaders to eliminate large differences across crops for the value of the MSP in comparison to the market price. • CREATING AWARENESS among people so that can access various implicatons made by GOV. of INDIA in favour of farmers.