Events : Economic, Development & Social Issues

Talk on "India's Best Agricultural Millennium in History" by Mr. R Gopalakrishnan

Held on Monday, 15th June, 2015 at 6.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre had arranged a talk on “India’s Best Agricultural Millennium In History” by Mr. R Gopalakrishnan, Director, TATASONs, on Monday, 15th June 2015 at 6.30 PM. The session was chaired and moderated by Prof. S L Rao, Former Director-General, National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER).

In his presentation Mr. Gopalakrishnan raised three questions:

Has Indian agriculture performed well in this millennium?

What exactly is the crisis in Indian agriculture?

What can be a national framework to remedy?

He felt that from the available data it is possible to take a view that India has had one of the best

agricultural periods between 1999 till date. It has had poor agricultural climate in the early

2000s and in the recent two years, but has also benefitted from booming world food prices in the

mid-2000s. On the other hand, an absolutely opposite view could be that the farmers are in

intolerable distress, leading to several unfortunate social and economic aberrations.

He suggested that a national framework to remedy the agricultural issues and bottlenecks can

derive structural lessons from the way India has industrialized. Four major planks to stabilize the

agricultural scenario, according to him would be - National agriculture policy, Agricultural

financing and Risk Institutions, Governance Institutions and Agriculture Technical Training


His narrative, simple and straight, won the admiration of the large audience which heard him

with rapt attention.

The Q & A session after the talk was lively, informative and interesting.