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Agricultural Techniques in India and the condition of farmers, Comment.
In olden days, agricultural technique was eco-friendly but didn't yield high crop comparing now. Anyway, that is enough for those people as there was less population. Those farmers are seen as god but now it is in contrast.
Only governments are respecting farmers and that too only for those belong to their state or country. Even, farmer's families don't give respect if they have low income or if their crop failed. Some parents resisting their children in choosing agriculture as their career field due to their disrespectful towards farmers but they don't understand that without farmer, it is impossible to survive in this world. It is horrible to see that even farmer don't prefer to his see his son as farmer due to influence of this society.
Now days, many farmers left their farming work and went to some nearby industries. Also, some committed suicide and the reason is that their crops are failed due to unavailable of water sources. There is another case also that some farmers who have few acres do some research on their own and finding new techniques so that they can achieve maximum crop yield. These farmers arrange private water sources and also earn more. These farmers are selfless as they also publish about their work with no charge. Anyway, some are eco-friendly and some not.
If we focus deeply in it, day by day farmers are discouraging by this helpless society and we can understand that farmer's conditions are based on their experience and also on their determination. However, it shame to see that states of our country act as envy countries for lending their water sources for agriculture.
In India, we are following many modern techniques to increase crop's yields. Either it is eco-friendly or not, we continue giving importance to improve the crop yield as to withstand the increasing population. Therefore, we lost the uniqueness of olden day's agriculture as these modern techniques reduce the strength of the crops and also reduce land's fertility.
Anyway, these farming techniques are necessary as day by day farming lands are converting into apartments and factories. Actually, everything is happening in contrast as for increasing population, we must increase the agricultural land but instead we are decreasing it and that result in using modern techniques without considering whether it is eco-friendly or not. And, these farming techniques give more profit only if we done more investment.
Some of the farming techniques found by farmers on their own researches is spreading in newspaper and in internet for encouraging other farmers to continue it and earn more but we forget that many villages have no internet facilities and many farmers don't know to read. So, the awareness is lacking. Our government should appoint some persons to spread awareness about these profitable techniques to uneducated farmers.
Some are non-eco-friendly but still we continue. We must understand that anything which is non-eco-friendly may be profitable for time being but not ever lasting. It may result in danger in future. Hence, I conclude that it is better to follow profitable eco-friendly farming techniques than anything else for better future.
Here is your Essay on Agriculture in India – (602 Words).
The word agriculture comes from the Latin words ager-referring to the soil and culture-to its cultivation. Agriculture, in its widest sense can be defined as the cultivation and production of crop plants or livestock products. It is synonymous with farming: the field or field dependent production of food, fodder and industrial organic materials.
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History of Indian Agriculture:
The history of agriculture and civilisation go hand in hand as the food production made it possible for primitive man to settle down in selected spots leading to formation of society and initiation of civilisation.
Western Asia is considered to be the birth place of agricultural revolution where wild ancestors of wheat and barley and domesticated animals like goat, sheep, pig and cattle are found. The period from 7500-6500 B.C. was the period of discovery of agriculture.
The period from 3000-1700 B.C. marked the spread of agricultural revolution to Egypt and subsequently to Indus valley. Mohenjodaro to Harappa territory was the centre of agricultural revolution in Indus valley.
Agriculture was very important profession during Vedic age 1500-1000 B.C. Use of iron implements, particularly iron ploughs became prevalent. .Buddhist period 600 BC marks the importance of trees. It can be called as a period of Arboriculture and Horticulture.
During the first century of Christian era the most important development in agriculture was irrigated cultivation in agriculture. Irrigated cultivation of rice in South India Cauvery River was the most important source of irrigation water. Cultivation of rice, finger millet, Sugarcane, Pepper and turmeric was quite common.
During British period the most important development in agriculture was cultivation of commercial crops like cotton, sugarcane and Indigo. The reason for introducing commercial crops in India by Britishers, they felt need of raw materials for their industrial growth and they got huge amount from European market by selling our commercial crops there.
After Independence during 1950’s there was food crisis in India. India imported wheat from USA and rice from Myanmar. During mid 1960’s green revolution was started in India. After green revolution India became a food surplus country.
Advancement of civilisation is closely related to agriculture which produces food to satisfy hunger. In the world nearly one billion people are living below poverty line. Therefore, the increased food production should aim at trebling food production in the next century.
For crop production the basic input is land. The FAO’s analysis of growth patterns in crop output in developing countries shows that 63% of the growth in production come from higher yields and 15% from higher cropping intensity, only 22% is from land resource.
Environmental degradation is increasing at a pace that is impairing the productivity of land and undermining the welfare of millions of rural people.
Cereals are grown throughout the world to provide food for human consumption and fodder for livestock. They are grown in 73% of the world’s arable land and contribute 74% of the global calorific production. Demand for food is growing with ever increasing population.
In India, more than 70% of the population is depending on agriculture in one form or the other. The present population is about 1000 million which is expected to stabilize at about 1500 million by the middle of present century. This trend of population growth created alarming situation as the scope of increasing area under cultivation is limited.
Importance of Agriculture in Indian Economy:
Importance of agriculture can be measured by the share of agriculture in national income and employment pattern etc. Knowing the importance of agriculture, agriculture sector can be related with the industrial sector.
Share of Agriculture in National Income:
Agricultural share in India’s GDP was 14.02 per cent on 2010-11. India’s GDP shown robust growth (never less than 5 per cent since 1990-91) which shows that non-agricultural sectors (particularly to service sector) have grown at the expense of agriculture. This is a trend that takes place the fundamentals of the Indian economy closer to the developed economies.
Indian Agriculture and Pattern of Employment:
Very high proportion of working population in India is engaged in agriculture. According to India’s census figure, 66 per cent of India’s working population is engaged in agriculture. Where as in U.K. and U.S.A. 2 to 3 per cent, in France 7 per cent and in Australia 6 per cent of working population is engaged in agriculture.
Importance of Agriculture for Industrial Development:
Indian Agriculture has been source of supply of raw materials to our leading industry. Cotton, Jute, textile industry, Sugar, vanaspathi and plantation depend upon agriculture directly.
There are many other industries which depend on agriculture in indirect manner. Many of our small and cottage industries, handloom, oil industry, rice mills and sugar mills depend upon agriculture for their raw materials. They account for 50 per cent of income generated in manufacturing sector in India.
However in recent years the importance of food processing industry is being recognised both for generation of income and employment opportunities.
Role of Agriculture in the field of International Trade:
Agriculture products like tea, oilseeds, tobacco and spices constitute the main items of exports of India. The proportion of agricultural goods which are exported may account for 50 per cent of our export and another 20 per cent of exports from manufactures with agricultural content.
In total 70 per cent of India’s exports comes from agricultural sector. The increased exports pay for the imported oil, machinery, etc.
Even though export surpluses are available for these commodities along with competitive prices, the export is quiet often hampered by non price competition, viz Technical barriers to trade (TBT) and Sanitary and phyto sanitary measures (SPS) under WTO regulations.
These are not uniform in all countries. They vary from country to country. Developed countries use these to minimise import from developing countries.
To meet these challenges, Indian agricultural and agricultural processing sector have to adopt measures like Hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) and Total quality management (TQM).
Role of Agriculture in Economic Planning:
Agriculture is main support for India’s transport system. Transport systems like railway and roadways secure bulk of business from movement of agriculture goods and international trade is mostly in agriculture products. Many other economic activities like food grain business, dairying and fruit marketing seed and agricultural machinery etc. also depends upon agriculture. Economic condition of govt, to large extent depend upon prosperity of agriculture.
It is therefore clear that agriculture is the back bone of Indian economy and prosperity of agriculture largely influence the Indian Economy.