Key changes to back more crops likely -Yogima Sharma
-The Economic Times
NEW DELHI: In a big shift in the food security policy, the government is set to include crops other than wheat and rice that are now more in demand due to higher incomes and changing nutritional requirements. This will mean greater production of crops such as pulses, subsidy for fertilisers for other crops and incentivising farmers to diversify the crop basket.
The Niti Aayog could drive the change in food security policies, in line with the government’s longterm vision for the sector, a senior government official told ET.
"We need to look at the food security policy in a more robust manner as the vision of doubling farmers’ income is not possible unless we address the long-term challenges to the sector," the official said on condition of anonymity.
According to the official, the biggest challenge in the agriculture sector is how to improve food and nutrition security in a way that caters to the changing requirements and preferences of the people. "We have distorted the market by protecting wheat and rice over the last several years.
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The Economic Times, 8 December, 2016, http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/agriculture/key-changes-to-back-more-crops-likely/articleshow/55862367.cms