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.