Customized technology and policy reforms are key concerns of agriculture sector: Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI Aayog

Prof Ramesh Chand, Member, NITI Aayog, said that Indian agriculture sector faces issues in customized technology and implementation of the policy reforms at ground level, especially at the state level.

Speaking at ‘Release of India Commodity Year Book 2020 & Discussion on Union Budget Announcements for Agriculture Sector’, Prof Chand said, “Technology is the prime mover and India is facing serious problems both in terms of technology and policy reforms.” He further added that at the state level various laws like Model APLM Act, Model Agricultural Land leasing Act and contract farming needs to be further pushed.

He further said that the states should be encouraged to play an active role in the overall growth of the agriculture sector and emphasized on the need for private sector to come forward.

He said that private sector should play their due role and market should play its due role in agriculture sector. “Most of the problems of agriculture sector are not inherent to agriculture in India but due to the reason of not changing the regulations which needs to change from time to time,” he added. 

Mr TR Kesavan, Chairman, FICCI National Agriculture Committee & Group President, TAFE Ltd said that in order to meet the requirements of increasing population, we need to produce more and reduce the wastage. “If we can save what we have and the need to produce higher will also start coming down.” Mr Siraj Chaudhry, Co-Chair, FICCI National Agriculture Committee and MD & CEO, NCML said that in India the problems are different at different parts of the country and the solutions cannot be one or few changes. “Every regions problem needs to be addressed differently,” said Mr Chaudhry.

Shekhar Ghosh is consulting editor, Indoasiancommodities.com. He has edited and written for publications like Business India, Business Standard, Business Today, Outlook and many other international publications. He can be reached at shekhar.ghosh@indoasiancommodities.in.

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