Topic: Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.
5) In India, a large part of the Agri supply chain ecosystem is either in the public sector, or strongly linked to it, do you think private investments in primary agriculture can prove to be a solution to make agriculture more sustainable for the country? Discuss. (250 words)
Why this question:
The article debates about the role of private investments in agriculture and the possible consequences of it.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must provide for a detailed analysis of possible impact that private investments would have on agriculture in India.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Begin with brief background of the context in question.
Discussion should include the following:
First discuss the gaps in agriculture system of the country – infrastructural gaps, financial gaps, role of government etc.
Then move on to explain what effect would private investment have on India.
Discuss what can be the issues associated to increased private investments.
Link it to doubling of farmer’s income and end with a positive note.
Conclude with way forward.