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Government of India
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
26-November-2010 17:00 IST
Farmer Oriented Agriculture Policy
As per the official data, the share of Agriculture & Allied sector to total GDP (at 1999-2000 prices) was 55.1% in 1950-51 and 17.0% in 2008-09. The• sector provides employment to around 52% of the workforce.

For revitalization of agricultural sector, improvement in production and productivity, stepping up the growth rates of the sector, and enhancement of the incomes of the farmers, the Government has already taken many initiatives like Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, National Food Security Mission, National Horticulture Mission, setting up of National Rainfed Area Authority and Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Authority, Micro Irrigation, Support to State Extension Programmes for Extension Reforms Scheme, Agriculture Debt Waiver & Debt Relief Scheme, National Agricultural Insurance Scheme, Comprehensive Credit Package, Revival of Short-term Cooperative Credit Institutions, Integrated Scheme of Oilseeds, Pulses, Oilpalm and Maize, etc.

The Government has also announced a National Policy for Farmers in 2007, incorporating many of the recommendations of the National Commission on Farmers that are aimed at the revival of the Indian agriculture with special emphasis on the economic well being of the farmers.

Further, initiatives like extending the green revolution to the eastern states, organising 60,000 “pulses and oil seeds villages" in rain-fed areas and sustaining the gains already made in the green revolution areas through conservation farming etc. have been announced in the Union Budget 2010-11 to give fillip to the agricultural sector.

This information was given by Prof. K.V. Thomas, Minister of State for Agriculture in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

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