The outlook for Indian agriculture.
In the agricultural year 2016-17 ended in June, Indian agriculture seems to have put two bad crop years behind it and may be set for a reasonable performance in 2017-18 as well. Performance last year was helped by a good monsoon; these conditions may continue over the coming year. However, this has coincided with a rise in farmer protests.
- The effect on the non-agricultural sector is in itself reason for the government to intervene to address the sector’s woes.
- The size of India’s rural vote is also an incentive.
- The reliance on credit rather than government spending to boost agricultural growth is a key long-term concern.