Bikky Khosla | 20 Mar, 2018
government has launched a draft Agriculture Export Policy. It aims at
doubling agricultural exports and integrate Indian farmers and
agricultural products to the global value chain. In the past months,
meetings with various stakeholders were held and now based on their
feedback the draft has been prepared. It is expected that the policy
will bring about yet another revolution like the green revolution.
is little doubt about necessity of such a policy. India is already
overburdened with a massive and ever-increasing population, with
around 2 million new mouths adding to it every month. So, increasing
the production of food is of extreme importance. Additionally, we are
increasingly facing hostile weather conditions in recent years. Also,
emphasis must be given to research and development. The tendency to
put farm land non-farm to uses must also be prevented. All these
challenges needs to be taken care of.
government has set up an ambitious target of doubling farm income by
2022. Without doubt, it is a daunting task, which will require,
beside addressing the above mentioned concerns, augmentation of
exports from the sector. In fact, there has been a long-felt need for
a dedicated agricultural export policy, and now the release of the
draft policy is a welcome news. The draft policy contains some
valuable suggestions which, if implemented properly, will change the
fortune of the farmers in the country.
major objectives set by the policy include, increase the share of
agricultural exports from present $30+ billion to $60+ billion by
2022; boost high value and value added agricultural exports, focusing
on perishables; provide an institutional mechanism for tackling
market access barriers and deal with sanitary and phytosanitary
issues; become one of the top 10 exporting countries of agricultural
products. Needless to say these are ambitious targets, and success
will depend on commitment.
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