Doubling Farmers’ Income: Role of Agri Inputs
Past strategy for development of the agriculture sector in India has focused primarily on raising agricultural output and improving food security. The net result has been a significant increase in per capita food production, which has made India not only food self-sufficient at aggregate level,
but also a net food exporting country. The strategy did not explicitly recognise the need to raise farmers’ income. The net result has been that farmers‘ income remained low, which is evident from the incidence of poverty among farm households.
It is apparent that income earned by a farmer from agriculture is crucial to address agrarian distress and promote farmers welfare. In this background, the goal set to double farmers’ income by 2022 is central to promote farmers welfare, reduce agrarian distress and bring parity between income of farmers and those working in non-agricultural professions. With this background, the conclave will have discourse on the role of agri inputs in doubling farmers’ income.
The following important questions need special attention:
- What are the technological breakthroughs for shifting production frontiers and raising efficiency in use of inputs?
- How the different dimensions of agri inputs (quality, affordability and availability) will address the farmer’s income issue?
- What are the challenges and way forward on use of agri inputs ensuring sustainable development as well as higher income for the farmers?