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19-Mar2019

India needs revolution in farm sector to achieve 9-10% GDP growth: Niti Aayog CEO

Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has stated that there is need to bring revolution in farm sector to attain 9-10% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth. He also said that there is a need to boost investment in the agriculture sector as well as to introduce new technology and market reforms.

He stressed on scrapping Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee and some old laws like Essential Commodites Act, which restrict movement of farm produces. However, he said agriculture is a state subject and the central government has limited role in it.

Niti Aayog CEO said 'in India 50% of our population is dependent on agriculture. If India's GDP has to grow at 9-10% for the next 30 years, then it cannot be without bringing revolution in the agri sector.' in order to boost farmers' income, he emphasised on eliminating middlemen in marketing of farm produces.

Kant has expressed confidence that farmer income will be doubled by 2022. He further said there is a need to spread good agriculture practice and success stories of farmers across the country. He added that the second revolution in agriculture will come from technology and marketing.


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