Why is Modi govt so diffident on agriculture policy?

April 28, 2016 0 Comments

Ahmedabad, April 26: The Narendra Modi government may be moving ahead on Make In India and a host of other catchily named schemes but in the vital area of agriculture, its policies are, at worst, backward-looking and, at best, incoherent.

A grinding drought has brought India’s farm sector, which supports 49% of India’s workforce and indirectly impacts 68% of the country’s population which lives in rural areas, to a halt.

The farm ministry has unrolled a revitalised insurance scheme for farmers, moved fast on a proposal to electronically link 585 wholesale food markets and increased support prices in deficient crops, such as pulses.

Yet it has eschewed any major push to bring a technological revolution to the farms.

Instead, it has been aggressively promoting largely low-scale outdated farm practices, under the Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana, which translates to “traditional farming development programme”.