There is a need to make agricultural economics more broad-based with emphasis on rural development. IT application in agriculture, conservation of natural resources, agricultural exports, shifting of the small and marginal farmers to other non-farm professions, priorities of investment and land leasing among others in the sector require attention of researchers, institutions and policy makers. This was opined by Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, Chairman, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
Dr. Bhanwala was speaking on the occasion of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Agricultural Economics Research Association on Inter- and Intra-Sectoral Dynamics for Transforming Indian Agriculture at ICAR-Central Institute on Fisheries Education (ICAR-CIFE) in Mumbai.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Chengappa, President, Agricultural Economics Research Association (AERA), said that though the declining agricultural growth is a matter of great concern, there is tremendous transformation happening in the sector which include the shift in demand towards high value commodities and progressive growth in agricultural exports. He expressed that this occasion should be used to build the network among the agricultural economists for agricultural growth.
Later, Dr. PKJoshi, Director-South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), New Delhi, focused on ‘Pathways to improve food security and reduce poverty in emerging India’ in which he highlighted the challenges such as food and nutritional security, impact of climate change on agricultural production and emphasised that the economic growth should be more inclusive and nutrition sensitive.
More than 250 delegates are participating in the three day conference during December 2 – 4, 2015.