New Delhi : India should follow the Gujarat model on agriculture to achieve food security, says noted farm sector economist Ashok Gulati, adding this state alone had managed to log three times the nation’s growth in this crucial sector.
“Gujarat has shown how technological innovation and proactive governance can assist primary sector and bring strong results even at odd situations. Having achieved almost double-digit growth for over a decade, Gujarat shows the way,” Gulati said.
The farm sector in Gujarat was growing at 2 percent annually in the earlier decade. Suddenly, it reached 10 percent. “That makes good difference in terms of what is called inclusiveness as agriculture employs a majority of working people,” he said. “If we are able to achieve even 5 percent growth in agriculture nationwide, it will lead to true inclusiveness. It’s important to know what have been the growth drivers in Gujarat and how can these be scaled up nationally.”