The landmark agricultural revolution has transformed the nation from one dependent on grain imports into a net exporter of food. Yet, India’s agricultural policies have continued to focus largely on grain self-sufficiency.
That agriculture is an enterprise has not been fully appreciated. An inter-country evaluation shows that India ranks eleventh and twelfth respectively in services and industry – and hold your breath – second in agricultural production, overtaking the USA, Russia and Brazil despite their elephantine land holdings. It is time to celebrate India’s small farms, and recognise their operational proficiency. Wisdom suggests a new methodological approach to evaluating productivity and profitability norms.