The course explains the concept, importance, goals, instruments and components of agriculture policy. The process and major steps in policy formulation, policy implementation along with monitoring and evaluation will be discussed. This course helps you to understand the salient features, strengths and weaknesses of agriculture policies adopted in India. Understanding of salient features of National Agriculture Policy; land, labour, water and other input use policies; agricultural marketing, pricing and trade policies; institutional support and investment policies in agriculture will be provided. The course examines the need for inter-linkage between farm and non-farm sector for rural and agriculture development; growth of farm input and output; and role of the farming sector in food security and national economy. The rural poverty alleviation programmes and special agricultural development programmes implemented in the country will be elaborated. The course highlights the role of resources like land, labour and capital in agricultural development; and critically examines the agriculture policy of developed and developing countries. The concept of globalization and agriculture trade issues are also explained.
COURTESY – SWAYAM