Focus on reviving agriculture needed4 min read . Updated: 24 Feb 2016, 11:13 PM IST
The crash in global commodity prices and deficit rainfall for two years in a row have affected farmers' incomes
The story of agriculture, which is the backbone of the country in terms of livelihoods, has not been good in the past two years. Agriculture GDP (gross domestic product) grew at (-)0.2% in 2014-15 and 1.1% in 2015-16. The distress in agriculture is due to two factors—first, the crash in global commodity prices and, second, deficit rainfall for two years in a row; 10 states have declared drought this year. These two factors have affected farmers’ incomes.
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