With govt providing and co-financing the back-end of the value chain, and the private sector and farmers doing the rest, agriculture can still remain a primary engine of rural growth
In the years since its independence, India has made immense progress towards food security. Indian population has tripled and foodgrain production more than quadrupled; there has thus been substantial increase in available foodgrain per capita.
However, agriculture has the potential for major productivity and total output gains increase because crop yields in India are still just 30% to 60% of the best sustainable crop yields achievable in the farms of developed as well as other developing countries.
Additionally, losses after harvest due to poor infrastructure and unorganized retail has led India to experience some of the highest food losses in the world.................Read more