Department of Agriculture and Cooperation


Mr. Ashish Bahuguna
Secretary

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Past Secretaries

Mr. Pradeep Kumar Basu
01-03-10 to 31-05-12

Vision

To enhance productivity and production of agricultural commodities to ensure the food nutritional and livelihood security of the nation and also to make agriculture a sustainable and viable vocation for livelihood support by 2020.

Mission

To achieve 4 percent growth rate for agriculture sector during the 12th Plan, with the help of various State Governments and other Departments concerned in the Government of India by enhancing agriculture production & productivity and improving income level of all farmers by successful implementation of various new initiatives and agriculture missions/schemes such as National Food Security Mission, National Horticulture Mission, National Mission on Oil Seeds and Oil Palm, National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture, and National Mission on Agricultural Extension & Technology, Integrated Scheme for Farmers Income Security, Integrated Scheme on Agriculture Marketing, etc. to thus ensure food, nutritional and livelihood security.

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Agriculture is the principal source of livelihood for more than 58% of the population of this country. Agriculture provides the bulk of wage goods required by non-agriculture sectors and most of the raw materials for the industries sector. The combined efforts of Central Government, State Governments and the farming community have succeeded in achieving record production of 244.78 million tonnes of foodgrains during 2010-11. This record production has been achieved through effective transfer of latest crop production technologies to farmers under various crop development schemes being implemented by the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation backed by remunerative prices for various crops through enhanced minimum support prices.

During the 12th Five Year Plan, Ministry Of Agriculture will focus on sustaining the current momentum by stabilizing food grain production to ensure food security. For sustaining higher levels of production, it is necessary to target new areas of foodgrain production, while promoting conservation agriculture in the high production areas, to maintain current levels of productivity. New technologies are needed to break yield barriers, utilize inputs more effi ciently and diversify to more sustainable and higher value cropping patterns.

Investment in Agriculture : As a result of the initiatives taken by the Government, the share of total investment in Gross Capital Formation in agriculture and allied sectors has been going up in recent years. Gross capital formation (GCF) i.e. investment in Agriculture and Allied Sectors relative to GDP in this sector has been showing a steadily increasing trend from 13.5 per cent in 2004-05 to 20.1 per cent in 2010 -11.

  1. Increasing Crop production and Productivity thereby ensuring food security and enhanced income level to farmers
  2. Incentivizing states to enhance public investment in Agriculture & allied sectors
  3. Diversification in Agriculture for increased income generation
  4. Ensuring supply of agricultural inputs for enhanced production and productivity
  5. Plant Protection, Quarantine and Residue Management
  6. Dissemination of technology / information to farmers
  7. Enhancing Soil health and promotion of resource conservation technology for sustainable agriculture
  8. Improving credit flow, market infrastructure, and risk mitigation
  9. Maintaining Agricultural statistics to aid policy development
  10. Drought Preparedness and Grant of relief under State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) /National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF)
  11. Encouraging private investment in Agriculture through PPP mode
Outcome/ Impact of department/ ministry Jointly responsible for influencing this outcome / impact with the following department (s) / ministry(ies) Success Indicator Unit FY 11/12 FY 12/13 FY 13/14 FY 14/15 FY 15/16
1. Increased agricultural production Planning Commission, Ministry of Finance and other Ministries / Departments concerned, State Governments and RCs under DAC Increase in foodgrain production % 6.07 (-)3.54 4.0 TBD TBD
2. Increased horticulture production Planning Commission, Ministry of Finance and other Ministries / Departments concerned, State Governments and RCs under DAC Increase in horticulture production % 6.94 N/A 6.0 TBD TBD
3. Enhanced investment in Agriculture Ministries/Depts. of Finance, Power, Water resources, Fertilizers, Financial Services etc, States Governments and RCs under DAC increase in investment i.e. GCF in Agriculture % 11.7 N/A N/A TBD TBD
4. Improved growth of Agriculture sector Ministries/Depts. of Finance, Power, Water resources, Fertilizers, Financial Services etc, States Governments and RCs under DAC Growth in GDP in agriculture sector % 3.6 1.8 4.0 TBD TBD
5. Improved economic well-being of farmers and reduction in rural poverty Ministries/Depts. of Finance, Power, Water resources, Fertilizers, Financial Services etc, States Governments and RCs under DAC Increase in farmer's income % N/A N/A   TBD TBD
    Reduction in rural poverty % N/A N/A   TBD TBD

 

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