agri index india: Niti Aayog preparing index for agri transformation now

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The Niti Aayog is preparing an index on agriculture transformation which will rank states on their performance on farm sector policies, a move that will help the Centre gauge measures taken by the states to increase farmers’ income.

A senior government official told ET that the Agriculture Transformation Index is likely to measure the performance of states across seven pillars – inputs, sustainability, productivity and diversification, policy, preservation, processing and exports, and farmers’ income and welfare.

“The index is aimed at capturing the new policy paradigm in agriculture, at the core of which are sustainable diversification of crops, improvement in productivity and increasing farmers’ income,” said the official, who did not wish to be identified.

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With the help of stakeholder ministries, the Aayog has developed more than half-dozen indices, including health, education and water sustainable development index, to rank states annually on measurable parameters. The government believes the exercise has helped improve the country’s overall performance across sectors.

In 2018, the government had accepted the proposals of the committee on doubling farmers’ income, following which an empowered committee was formed to review and monitor the progress.

The panel had recommended seven sources of income growth for farmers, including improvement in crop productivity, improvement in livestock productivity, resource use efficiency.

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