Saturday, May 09, 2009

Gujarat a star in agriculture

Gujarat has always been a star in industrial performance. It was news to me that Gujarat is a star i in agriculture. Gulati and Shreedhar analyse the phenomenon in an ET article. Agriculture has grown in Gujarat at an astonishing 9.6% in 2000-01, more than the thrice the all-India figure.

One key driver has been the Sardar Sarovar project and the increased availability of water in a state in which irrigation cover is only 36%. One can understand why the project arouses strong emotions in the state. Another driver is technology, especially new varieties of cotton with the private sector taking the lead. Then, good roads, better regulation of electricity for agricultural use and a thrust on extension services have helped.

The authors conclude, "Strong political commitment to promote rural development, a long term vision, and the capacity to implement this are perhaps the key ingredients of Gujarat’s success story".

That must explain Modi's success- there's a lot more to development in Gujarat than the Nano project.

3 comments: said...


The growth of agriculture sector in Gujarat for the last 5 years has been mainly due to the acceptance of new technologies by the farmers of the state.

Bt. Cotton combined with good rainfall has given the farmers of the state a headstart visavis other states.

The agriculture department of the state government has started playing a negative role by curtailing/regulating the price of Bt. Cotton seeds.

Although the farmers tend to gain in the short term by such measures, but in the long run companies who bring in new technologies would shy away from bringing new technologies if the state keeps interfering in the market by controling seed prices through Acts and Ordinances.

Dr. Pravina Pandya said...

Gujarat is running fast with new technology in agriculture. the knowledge-base sources are available to their doors. The situation is possitive for the state,but the financial environment is sound.The depression is not touched to the agriculture sector,but the cost of units are so high which concludes the highely influance to the pockets of farmers and the pockets of people.

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