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) Discuss the need of a strong agriculture/veterinary patent regime to augment India’s agricultural research and development sector, also, analyse how it can prove to be a road map for agricultural technology transfer and commercialization?(250 words)
Why this question:
The article highlights the aspects of a clear road map for agricultural technology transfer and commercialization.
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:
In brief narrate India’s agricultural research and development sector scenario.
Explain that the management and transfer of agricultural technologies for commercialization purposes is considered to be a new concept in India. However, there is an upward surge in the technology protection, incubation and other commercialization activities in recent times. This can be attributed to the recent transformation of the agribusiness ecosystem in the country due to policy initiatives and more focused research in applied and frontier areas.
Discuss the various aspects, ways to augment agricultural systems, role of patents etc.
Conclude that Appropriate policies should combine the concern with international norms with the specifics of India’s economic and social needs to ensure the success of agricultural systems through the aid of technological advancements.