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AgriculturePresented By:Saurabh Singh

History of agricultureIndian agriculture began by 9000 BC as a result of early cultivation of plants, and domestication of crops and animals. Settled life soon followed with implements and techniques being developed for agriculture.Double monsoons led to two harvests being reaped in one year.Indian products soon reached the world via existing trading networks and foreign crops were introduced to India.

The middle ages saw irrigation channels reach a new level of sophistication in India Land and water management systems were developed with an aim of providing uniform growth. Despite some stagnation during the later modern era the independent Republic of India was able to develop a comprehensive agricultural program


Although agriculture contributes only 21% of Indias GDP, its importance in the countrys economic, social, and political fabric goes well beyond this indicator. The rural areas are still home to some 72 percent of the Indias 1.1 billion people, a large number of whom are poor. Most of the rural poor depend on rain-fed agriculture and fragile forests for their livelihoods.The sharp rise in food grain production during Indias Green Revolution of the 1970s enabled the country to achieve self-sufficiency in food grains and stave off the threat of famine. Agricultural intensification in the 1970s to 1980s saw an increased demand for rural labor that raised rural wages and, together with declining food prices, reduced rural poverty.Sustained, although much slower, agricultural growth in the 1990s reduced rural poverty to 26.3%.Since then, however, the slowdown in agricultural growth has become a major cause for concern.The Government of India places high priority on reducing poverty by raising agricultural productivity.


Agriculture in India at a glance

Agriculture has made rapid strides since independence:From food shortage and import to self-sufficiency and exports. From subsistence farming to intensive and technology led cultivation. Today, India is the front ranking producer of many crops in the world. Ushered in through the green, white, blue and yellow revolutions.


Indias competitive advantage

Diverse agro climatic conditionsSufficiency of Inputs Reasonable labour costs



Total Geographical Area - 328 million hectares Net Area sown - 142 million hectares Gross Cropped Area - 190.8 million hectares


Indias position in world Agriculture Rank

Total Area SeventhIrrigated Area FirstPopulation SecondEconomically Active population SecondTotal Cereals ThirdWheat SecondRice SecondCoarse grains FourthTotal Pulses FirstOil Seeds SecondFruits and Vegetables SecondImplements (Tractors) Third Milk FirstLive Stock (castles, Buffaloes) First

Major Crop ProductionRice 89.5 million tonnes Wheat 75.6 million tonnes Coarse Cereals 30.5 million tonnes Pulses 13.4 million tonnes Oilseeds 20.9 million tonnes Sugarcane 29.9 million tonnes


Major Achievements of Agriculture in India:

Largest producer of pulses, tea and milk in the world Second Largest producer of fruits, vegetables, wheat, rice, groundnut and sugarcane.


Indias Agricultural Export PotentialsMarine Products Rice Wheat Condiments and Spices Cashew Tea and Coffee Castor Jute Fruits and Vegetables- Onions, Mango, Grapes, Banana, Tomato, Potato, Lichi


Harvesting SeasonThere are three main crop seasons, namely, kharif, rabi and summer. Major kharif crops are rice, jowar, bajra, maize, cotton, sugarcane, soya bean and groundnut. Major rabi crops are wheat, barley, gram, linseed, rapeseed and mustard. Rice, maize and groundnut are grown in summer season also.



Number of cows globally: 1.5 billion Number of cows in India: 200 million Milk production 2001-2002: 84.6 million tonnesPeople who are farmers: almost 550 millionNumber of agricultural labourers: about 200 million (many with daily wages below 10 Rs per day) Cultivation which is rain-dependent: nearly 60 percentInterest rates charged by "moneylenders" and local "businessmen" for a small agricultural loan:100 to 450 % Government spending for the agricultural sector: 8 percent of the annual budgetTotal of arable land which is not irrigated: nearly 63 percent.Bank credit allocated for agriculture: 12% of total bank credit in India.Disparity in average income between farmers and non-farmers: 5 times (non-farmers earn 5 times more than farmers).


Contd..Production of fruit and vegetables by India: 14% of world wide production India's export of fruit and vegetables: 1 % of world's fruit/veg exports India has the largest area in the world under pulse crops India is the first in the world to evolve a cotton hybrid. India has the world's highest percentage of arable land to the total geographical area, in the world. About 50% of India's geographical area is used for agricultural activity. About 80 percent of India's farmland is used to grow India's main foods--grains and pulses, the seeds of various pod vegetables, such as beans, chickpeas, and pigeon peas. India has the world's largest cattle and buffalo population. Dairy accounts for nearly 26% of the total value of agricultural output. India grows more than half of the world's mangoes and leads all countries in the production of cashews, millet, peanuts, pulses, sesame seeds, and tea. The nation ranks second in the production of cauliflowers, jute, onions, rice, sorghum, and sugar cane.


Contd..India is a major producer of apples, bananas, coconuts, coffee, cotton, eggplants, oranges, potatoes, rapeseeds, rubber, tobacco, and wheat. India is also the world's largest grower of betel nuts, which are palm nuts chewed as a stimulant by many people in tropical Asia. It is also a leading producer of such spices as cardamom, ginger, pepper, and turmeric. In terms of gross fertilizer consumption, India ranks fourth in the world, after the USA, the erstwhile USSR and China. Agriculture provides livelihood to about 65% of India's labour force Agriculture accounts for about 10% of India's exports.


17Indias Agricultural Export PotentialsMarine ProductsRiceWheatCondiments and SpicesCashewTea CoffeeCastorJuteFruits and Vegetables- Onions, Mango, Grapes, Banana, Tomato , Potato ,etc.

AGRICULTURE IN AUSTRALIAAgriculture is an important sector for the Australian economy, generating up to $39 billion in gross value each year. Australia is one of the most laissez-faire capitalist economies according to indices of economic freedom. It is a major agricultural producer and exporter.Farming employs around 370,000 people across Australia. Agriculture and natural resources in Australia constitute only 3% and 5% of GDP, respectively, they contribute substantially to export performance. Australia's largest export markets are Japan, China, the US, South Korea and New Zealand.

MAJOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTSAustralia produces a large variety of primary products for both export and domestic consumption. Cereals, oilseeds and grain legumes are produced on a large scale in Australia for human consumption and livestock feed.Wheat is the cereal with the greatest production in terms of area and value to the Australian economy. Australia produces a wide variety of fruit, nuts and vegetables. The largest crops include oranges, apples, bananas, chestnuts, potatoes, carrots and tomatoes.Australia is one of the few countries that produces licit opium for pharmaceuticals.The horticulture industry has traditionally provided Australians with all their fresh fruit and vegetables needs, with a smaller export industry

Some facts:-There are 154,472 farms in Australia - including those for whom farming is not their primary business. However, there are 137,969 farms solely dedicated to agricultural production.Australian farms and their closely related sectors generate $103 billion-a-year in production - underpinning 12% of GDP. Over the last 30 recorded years , Australian farms have consistently achieved average multifactor productivity growth of 2.8%-a-year - no other industry, with the sole exception of telecommunications and information technology, comes close to this achievement.The gross value of Australian farm production totals $35.6 billion-a-year. The top two agricultural commodities produced nationally are milk and wheat.Australian farmers produce 93% of Australia's domestic food supply. Food imports contribute 7.5% of the total value of Australian retail food sales.

Australias major agricultural export markets

Issues In Indian AgricultureAgricultural sector contribute 17% of the GDP of India.About 25% of the total population are farmers.Agriculture and related jobs contributes to 60% of population.The major issues are drought, floods, poor technology, insufficient government policies.

India was the worlds second largest rice grower. By 2010 India may start importing rice after a period of 21 years. Indias absence in the ex


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