In the forthcoming Kharif season, India’s agriculture industry is expecting record production volumes. Agricultural production was unaffected in 2020, despite a spike in Covid-19 levels, and does not appear to be slowing down this year. The Union government anticipates an increase in demand from the agricultural sector and makes preparations to deliver seeds, fertilisers, and pesticides in sufficient quantities.
Even though legacy concerns for decades have plagued Indian agriculture, this display of record-high production occurs. Poor mechanisation, limited farmer education and awareness, insufficient storage, logistical challenges, and tiny landholdings are all factors that contribute to poor mechanisation. The industry’s efficiency is exceedingly low, as it employs nearly 60% of India’s population while contributing only 18% of the country’s GDP.
ETILC representatives from the industry examined aspects of the industry that needs to be restructured. It also examined the policies that need to be implemented to make a difference.