By R S Deshpande and Shivkumar Nayka, former Director and Research Scholar at Centre for Research in Urban Affairs, Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, respectively
Issue - Water Use Efficiency
Date - 16th June 2018
The Indian agriculture sector is at a critical juncture, with productivity stagnating and technological inputs being negligible. Policy failures in most critical sectors of agriculture has caused severe distress to farmers.
The recent agrarian crisis once again brought forth the fragility of the state policy towards agriculture. Agriculture is primarily construed as a massive private activity with farmers as the main decision makers. However, there are two important basic determinants of the development of agriculture. The first one relates to the concept of agriculture that is derived from culture. Therefore, the changing flow of culture (today commercialisation and market centralism) influences the method and process of agriculture. The second most important...