Q.4)The government aspires to achieve the goal of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 but this requires addressal of some of the fundamental problems in the agriculture and allied sectors. Discuss.
Why this Question:
There have been reports that the mission has gone off target.
Key demand of the question:
Fundamental problems that have crippled the growth of agriculture and allied sectors and measures to solve them
Discuss- back up the answer by carefully selected evidence to make a case for and against an argument, or point out the advantages and disadvantages of the given context and finally arrive at a conclusion.
Introduce by mentioning the high level of dependency of Indian population on the agriculture sector but still less contribution to the GDP.
In the first part, highlight the fundamental problems in the sector- dependence on rainfall, irregular marketing facilities, dominance of middlemen, supply chain issues, etc.
In the next part, provide adequate solutions to overcome these problems. Reference can be given of various committee reports on agriculture sector reforms.
Conclude by giving examples of a few initiatives that the government has taken in this regard.