February 17,2017 | Source: Business standard
A committee formed by the Centre to double farmers' income by 2022 is considering major reforms in agriculture sector, like adopting a profit-centric approach and to aim at increased productivity and reduced cost of cultivation, according to the PTI. The inter-ministerial panel, constituted in April last year, is also looking at suggesting market reforms in a big way and increasing focus on sub-sectors of agriculture like animal husbandry, poultry and fisheries.
"What we (are) really looking at is to recommend strategies that would be practical in nature and would help both the governments at the national level and state level and also down the line to adopt practices which are very practical in doubling the income of farmers," committee's Chairman Ashok Dalwai told PTI in an interview. He was in Hyderabad last week for an event. The committee has been holding consultations with different stakeholders, including ICAR scientists, farmers and professional bodies, and it would submit its report by April this year, said Dalwai, who is Additional Secretary in the Union Ministry of Agriculture.
Noting that majority of farmers in the country are small and marginal, he said making farming viable is the "biggest challenge". The principle of profit generation in agriculture comes