Economic Survey 2013: 'Agriculture reforms must for achieving 4% growth'

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SummaryWith agriculture growth falling short of target in last 5 years, sector needs urgent reforms: ES

steps need to be taken to improve nutritional security, that includes adequate supply of foodgrains and protein-rich items.

To improve agri-marketing, the Survey suggested reforms to encourage private sector to develop market linkages.

"Recently, the government allowed FDI in retail, which has been supported by many farmer organisations as well, and it can pave the way for investment in new technology and marketing of agricultural produce in India," the report said.

The report also stressed on substantial increase in funds for farm research to address the challenge of producing more with limited resources by adopting a more sustainable agricultural practice in the backdrop of climate change.

"Climate change can have serious implications for our agriculture sector and create greater instability in food production," it said, suggesting changes in crop insurance.

Measures need to be taken to promote the use of quality seeds, cultivation of drought-resistant varieties of crops, judicious use of available water, balanced use of fertilisers, farm mechanisation to improve efficiency levels, and wider use of irrigation facilities.

That apart, the Survey emphasised the need to put in place a strategy for farm development in the eastern and north -eastern regions amid saturation in crop yields in Green Revolution belt especially in Punjab and Haryana.

It also called for strengthening farm statistics for agricultural development planning and policy making.

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