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The ‘Digital India Initiative’ aims at widespread adoption of technology through digital platforms, analytics, artificial intelligence, block chain, machine learning, Software as a Service (SaaS) and IoT. The objective is to raise income of small and marginal farmers who may not have the capacity or technological support to improve farm efficiency.
Strengthening the technology ecosystem for agriculture in India by Dr.AbhilakshLikhi. The writer is an Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India and his column appeared in India Today on December 20, 2021 Know More
In her budget speech, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reaffirmed the Centre’s commitment to natural, chemical-free, organic and zero-budget farming... First, focus on promoting natural farming in rainfed areas beyond the Gangetic basin. Home to half of India’s farmers, rainfed regions use only a third of the fertilisers per hectare compared to the areas where irrigation is prevalent. The shift to chemical-free farming will be easier in these regions. Also, the farmers stand to gain as the current crop yields in these areas are low.
A roadmap for India’s natural farming ambitions by Abhishek Jain. The writer is a Fellow and Director of Powering Livelihoods at the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW). His column appeared in The Indian Express on February 24, 2022 Know More
There are several pathways to increase farmers’ income. Important among these are increasing productivity, reducing cost of production, ensuring higher price, making direct income transfers, etc. These pathways are not mutually exclusive and can be used in conjunction with one another. Many of the initiatives taken in the past belonged to the first two categories, that is, increasing the productivity and/or reducing the cost of production. Even some of the programmes since 2014 to increase irrigation, improve soil fertility, and reduce farmers’ risk — such as the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana - (PMKSY), soil health card scheme and the Pradhan Mantri FasalBima Yojana (PMFBY) — fall in this category. However, since 2018, the focus has shifted to the third and fourth components, that is, providing higher prices to farmers and direct income transfers.
Policy Options and Implications: Price or Income Support to Farmers by C S C Sekhar who is with the Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi. His article appeared in Economic and Political Daily, Vol. 57, Issue No. 12, March 19, 2022 Know More
India is a modest net exporter of wheat. After a record year of wheat production in 2021-22, India is stepping into the breach caused by the war. India’s production is likely to exceed 111 million metric tonnes of wheat this year, allowing it to export over 10 million tonnes. This is only a small fraction of the world’s annual consumption of about 780 million tonnes, but can defray some of the lost wheat exports from Russia and Ukraine of an annual 50 million tonnes.
The Ukraine war’s fallout on farming is worrisome too by Narayan Ramachandran. He is the Chairman, InKlude Labs and his column appeared in Mint on March 29, 2022 Know More