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Inflow of foreign direct investment in the agricultural sector of India

The agricultural sector in India is the main source of livelihood for more than 70 percent of the rural population. Similarly half of the households in the rural population show some sign of poverty (Singh & Walis 2015). In this scenario if the main aim of the Indian government is economic development and poverty reduction, then the priority should be the growth of the agriculture sector.

One of the major reforms in the agriculture sector in recent years is the inflow of foreign direct investment. Even though most of the areas in agriculture sector is still closed for the foreign investment. There has been significant increase in foreign investment in several sectors.
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Modern agriculture technology versus India’s agricultural practices

Agriculture has been the backbone of human existence since time immemorial. It has also seen much advancement over the years. However, the agricultural practices carried out in India are still largely traditional. Indian agriculture technology have many limitations as compared to modern agricultural technologies around the world. The main differences, similarities, advantages as well as disadvantages of the two types are discussed in this article. Read more »

Overview of the agriculture sector in India since independence

Agriculture sector in India is considered to be the backbone of its economy. Agriculture is source of livelihood for more than 70% of Indians in the rural areas. It contributes around 18% to the total Gross Domestic Product of India (Department of Agriculture & Cooperation & Statistics, 2014). Similarly agriculture sector in India is also the largest employer contributing 49% of the total workforce. Apart from employment, agriculture  also plays an important role in food security. Read more »

Alarming number of farmer suicide despite of crop insurance in India

This article tries to bring in to limelight the Indian agricultural scenario along with contrasting positive as well as negative changes that it has undergone in the past few years. Introduction of new and improved technology has created new means to look forward in the area of agriculture. On the other hand, the vagaries of Indian weather, especially monsoon has affected the farming population at large. Read more »

Genetic technology in agriculture to boost crop output

Machines and irrigation systems are not sufficient for increasing the crop output; hence plant engineering and food preservation technology plays a big role in increased output of crops yield. Fertilisation, mixed breeding, genetic modification and pest management are some ways by which crop productivity has increased manifold. Read more »

Modern agricultural practices in Israel and Iran

Agriculture is the backbone of a society, as it is the only vertical that sustains its people. Many countries invest highly in research and development in improving agricultural practices, seed development, crop improvement and post harvesting technology to improve their yield and quality. Read more »

Israel’s agricultural technology is helping India to improve agriculture productivity

Agriculture with a 54.6% share in India’s total employment and 17.5% share in India’s economy has become one of the important pillars of India’s developmental process (Chand 2014). But over the years, its less-than-impressive performance has raised concerns for Indian government. In 2013-14, the contribution of agriculture and allied sector to the total growth reduced to 4.6% from 5.8% in 2007-08 (Ministry of Agriculture, 2014). Read more »

Agricultural problems faced by the farmers of India

Agriculture is one of the most important pillars of the Indian economy. The contribution of agriculture and its allied sectors to India’s GDP stood at 13.9% during 2013-14 (Agriculture 2013). More than half of the Indian population is dependent on agriculture for its subsistence. Read more »

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