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India ranks 2nd in the world

with an agricultural production of $459 billion (2019). The value of India’s agricultural production is much higher than the USA, which once supplied food grains to India to tide over our domestic food shortage.

India is a multi-product agricultural powerhouse

No other country grows and consumes as many food and non-food crops as India.

Indian agriculture is now driven largely by high-value segments

such as horticulture, dairy, poultry and inland fisheries.

The agricultural sector creates wealth from land, water & light

using skilled family labour and agri inputs.

India a low-cost agricultural producer

India is the only country where one can buy 10 eggs or 12 banana or 4kg of potato or 1kg tomatoes with only 1 USD.

agriculture land

mn hectare

of Indian land area is irrigated. The largest in the world.

farmer

Million

population is engaged in Indian agriculture. It is the country’s largest private enterprise.

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Rank

India in the world for Cancer Rate as per the latest data released in November 2020 by the WHO.
fertilizer

mm

is the average annual precipitation (rainfall) in India (2018), that is higher than China, USA, Australia, etc.

Myths & Facts About Indian Agriculture

Indian agriculture is on a permanent decline
  • India rank 2nd in the world in agriculture production.
  • India’s world rank in services and industry sector is 9th and 5th respectively.
  • Indian agricultural production has increased from 87 USD bn to 459 USD bn in the past 15 years (12% annual growth).
  • Globally India ranks 9th for the agricultural exports.
Declining size of Indian farm land leads to low production
  • China and India with majority of their small and marginal holding lands are 1st and 2nd in the world agriculture production respectively.
  • The aggregate output/ha/year in small farms is higher on account of multiple cropping intensity, diverse output (crop + livestock) and round the year availability of family labour.
  • Yield per acre per crop is not an effective measure of Indian farm productivity (since Indian agriculture does not follow monoculture like the other western nations).
Indian agriculture is food-grains centric
  • Indian agriculture is multifaceted, with horticulture and animal husbandry contributing to over 60% of India’s agricultural GDP.
  • India is largest milk producer, ranks 2nd in vegetables and fruits, 3rd in fish production, 4th in egg and 5th in poultry production in the world.
  • Horticulture and livestock production engage a large share of small and marginal farmers, and thus plays a critical role in rural economy.

A global superpower in Agriculture

“Since the 1980s, Indian agriculture has undergone a shift in production, as farmers have planted less area to food grains and more to high-value crops. This shift coincides with strong economic growth, which has boosted incomes and, in turn, expanded consumer demand for higher valued foods, such as vegetables, fruits, milk, and some meat products. Yet, India’s agricultural policies continue to follow a Green Revolution strategy developed to achieve grain self-sufficiency in the 1960s”

 


India’s Agricultural Growth Propellers An analysis by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), April 04, 2016


Everything you know about Indian Agriculture is wrong

Contrary to popular perception, Indian agriculture sector has been outperforming the much-discussed services and manufacturing sectors. We are now the worlds second-largest agriculture producer, thanks to a combination of natural and created strengths.

India is not only blessed with land, light, water and labour, Indian companies also produce everything required for agriculture, from seeds, fertilizers and irrigation equipment to farm machinery and plant health technologies.

Until 2000, Indian agricultural production was driven predominantly by food grains. Subsequent diversification into high-value crops (fruits and vegetables) and milk, aided by continuous improvements in communication, infrastructure and innovative techniques have transformed this into a dynamic enterprise. One thing is clear, Indian agriculture is no longer an underdog.

 


❝ Indian agriculture is no longer an underdog. Our agricultural production is far above that of the United States, which once supplied food grains to India to tide over our domestic food shortage.❞


Malicious Campaigns against Indian Agriculture