The Indian agricultural system is passing through a critical phase. Even after more than seven decades of Independence, the condition of farmers is a cause for concern for the government. It is a fact that since independence, agricultural production has increased manifold, but as far as farmers’ income is concerned, it is either stagnant or has recorded insignificant increase. The farmers are in distress and their miserable condition has compelled them to stage protests against the government’s policy. Time has come for a paradigm shift in agricultural strategy from an increase in production alone to an increase in farmers’ income.
Keeping the above-mentioned facts in mind, the Prime Minister’s 7-Point Programme has been announced to mitigate the situation. The Prime Minister’s initiative can prove a silver lining in dark cloud, provided these policies are implemented in a proper way.
The book elaborates on each and every aspect of farmers’ condition and government’s policies in this regard. This book is a useful guide for the students of Agriculture, research scholars as well as professionals working in the agriculture sector. Besides, it can also be used as reference book.
Dr. S.D. Chamola retired as Professor of Economics and Business Management from Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar. Presently, he is working as an independent researcher based in Hisar (Haryana).
1. Agrarian Distress in India
2. The Current Status of Indian Agriculture and the Roadmap for Future
3. Making Indian Agriculture Resilient
4. Farm Income in India: Concept and Methodology of Estimation
5. Input Management and Policies
6. Input-Use Efficiency in Indian Agriculture
7. Per Drop More Crop: Challenges of Water-Use Efficiency
8. Innovative Approaches to Financing Agriculture
9. Dynamics of Agricultural Marketing
10. Post-Harvest Technology: Issues Involved and The Way Out
11. Secondary Agriculture in India
12. Farmer Producer Companies
13. Minimum Support Prices and Farmers in Distress
14. Crop Insurance
15. Agricultural Research in India: Evaluation and Fixing Priorities
16. Application of Frontier Technologies in Agricultural Development
17. Farm Machinery, Energy and Smart Farming
18. Doubling Farmers’ Income through Horticulture
19. Biotechnology: A Tool for Doubling Farmers’ Income
20. Animal Husbandry and Livestock Farming
21. Agricultural Land Policy and Land Leasing
22. Payment of Eco-Services
23. World Trade Organisation and Indian Agriculture
24. Summary and Conclusions