Category: Agribusiness

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2014 The International Year of Family Farming

By  Dr Amrit Patel India Can Capitalize Opportunity to Make FFs Food-secure The year 2014 being declared as the International Year of Family Farming [IYFF] by the FAO of the United Nations and it presents immense opportunities to India to make family farms food secure. It is time now to view Family Farmers (FFs) as part […]

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Issues facing Agricultural Credit in India 

Dr Amrit Patel Dr Amrit R. Patel is the Retired Deputy General Manager, Bank of Baroda, Mumbai, he can be contacted by email at Agricultural Credit in India Credit is a catalyst that lubricates the process to accelerate the farm and non-farm sector development including rural industrialization, business and service segments of the economy. […]

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Manifesto for Agricultural Sector in India 2014 : Agenda for Future

B. Yerram Raju The Author is Member, Board of Governors, Farm And Rural Science Foundation. This document has been prepared for the FRSF, Hyderabad. He can be contacted by email at ‘If farming fails nothing else succeeds in this country.’ Manifesto for Indian Agricultural Sector 2014 Economic growth of this predominantly agrarian country depends […]

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National Food Security Bill 2013

Improving Food Productivity & Food Management Efficiency Dr Amrit Patel The poor need the food most. However, inadequate resources severely constrain the demand for food. The poor have now to spend more than before, out of their limited resources, on health, children’s education, transport and fuel. Lack of nutritious and balanced food directly impairs their […]

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Irrigation in India – Focus on some serious issues

By Dr Amrit Patel Water scenario is now fast changing as a result of increasing population, rising demand for irrigation in India to raise high-yielding varieties of crops, rapid urbanization and industrialization, electricity generation, impact of global warming and erratic rainfall. Water for Life Decade [2005-15] and the annual World Water Day being held on […]

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Financing agriculture by private sector banks in India

By Dr Amrit Patel The Government of India and Reserve Bank of India [RBI], acknowledging the significance of the role of formal credit for agricultural development and growth, initiated policy to progressively institutionalize agricultural credit system and expand it beyond cooperative credit structure by nationalizing private banks in 1969, establishing regional rural banks in 1975 […]

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Harnessing Agricultural Potential in North Eastern Region of India

By Dr Amrit Patel , The North East Region [NER] constitutes eight states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. Its population of 39 million [2000 Census]constitutes 3.8% of country’s population. Rural Population of 327.71 lakh is 84.34% in NER as against 72.20% in India. Agriculture provides livelihood support to 70 […]

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Good Governance: A Key to enhance Agricultural Growth

 By Dr Amrit Patel ,  “Good governance is perhaps the single most important factor in eradicating poverty and promoting development” said Kofi Annan, 1998. The Approach Paper to the Twelfth Plan emphasizes the need to redouble our efforts to ensure that 4% average annual agricultural growth rate is achieved, if not more. In this context Government’s […]