This publication focuses on commercialization and increasing productivity as agriculture remains the sector that contributes to one third of the GDP while employing two third of the work force. Some of the key challenges identified in the study report are: lack of commercialization primarily arising from constraints in supply of agro inputs (fertilizer, irrigation, etc.), market access and market development, risk management (insurance) and research and extension. Hence, recommendations are proposed in increasing access to inputs, developing insurance programs, developing market centers and enhancing research and extension through private sector involvement.
“Income generation, employment opportunities, and infrastructural development, are some of the issues directly related with the qualitative promotion of agriculture and the same has been asserted by numerous macro and micro level research studies conducted with a focus on the agricultural sector and its different aspects with the support from donor agencies/INGOs. This study has sought to entail applied conclusion and recommendations which would help fill the gaps in the existing macro level agricultural analysis. It will also aid policy makers, agriculture related direct/indirect entrepreneurs, academicians, and students in building a knowledge base.” – An excerpt