How bad are things down at India's farms?

Last Modified: Sun Apr 10 2016 20:53:27 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 1%
    Shinkage in the agriculture sector in the Sept-Dec 2015 quarter after very weak growth of 1.6 and 2 per cent in the previous two quarters.
  • 12%
    Growth in Agriculture needed annually if farmers’ incomes are to double by 2022, which is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal.
  • 46%
    Gap between China's (higher) rice yields per hectare and India's (lower). India's wheat yields are 39 per cent lower than China’s. Rice output per hectare is even below Bangladesh’s. India’s farm productivity is among the lowest in the world.
  • Rs. 50
    The paltry raise per 100 kg in Minimum Support Prices. Despite all the talk about higher Minimum Support Prices wheat and rice procurement is happening only in five states. There has been no cotton procurement.
  • 46%
    Estimated leakage in the Public Distribution System (PDS).
  • $58 billion
    Amount of food and fertilizer subsidies – and unpaid bills from last fiscal year.
  • 1,000
    Or more farmers are quitting farming every day!