India must work with US to fuel its second green revolution

India is a nation of farmers. While agriculture’s contribution to India’s GDP has steadily declined from 61% at the time of Independence to under 15% today, it still employs over half of the Indian population and it remains one of the few sectors that has the potential to double India’s return on investments. At an investor gathering in New York in June Union finance minister Arun Jaitley emphasised the significance of agriculture as one of the main drivers of India’s economic growth. US companies are partnering the Indian private sector and state governments to lead and support investment and development. Food-processing firms supply potato farmers in Punjab with quality seed varieties, technology and sustainable farming practices to help produce process-grade potatoes that can be packaged and readily consumed. This partnership has been scaled up to collaboration with 24,000 farmers in over nine states. More

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