(GIST OF YOJANA) A Paradigm Shift: Broadened Scope & Operation  [MARCH-2018]


(GIST OF YOJANA) A Paradigm Shift: Broadened Scope & Operation

 [MARCH-2018]


A Paradigm Shift: Broadened Scope & Operation

Vast disparities within the sector do exist. The Census 2011 data revealed that nearly 55 percent agriculturalists are agricultural labour. The SECC 2011 data estimates 56.4 percent of rural households to be landless. A minimum of 16.44 million workers depend on livestock rearing and fisheries for livelihood. The policy derivatives emphasized in the Union Budget 2018-19 will have long lasting impact on the nation’s agricultural landscape owing to their inclusive nature. The Budget explicitly recognizes agriculture as an enterprise. The approach is empowering to the farmers given the historical treatment of farmers as passive recipients of benefits of the Government’s schemes.

Income security has been a recurring theme in all the three previous budgets. Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, announced in the second year of the government’s incumbency for securing a farmer’s economic position, now covers 26 50 percent of farmer population It became a game changer in the sense that coverage of non-loanee farmer increased by 6 times in Kharif 2017. Initiatives were launched on micro-irrigation, soil health and organic farming “ to ”ensure sustainability in Agriculture. The discourse on soil health card has moved ahead to explore benefitting uses of the tool, beyond merely ensuring outreach. Till now, 11.5 crores soil health cards have been dispatched by the government. 470 markets have been linked to e-National Agriculture Market platform so far. Infrastructure building for the livestock sector also has been a recurring theme in the preceding budgets.

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