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Agriculture is the main occupation in India.

About two-third of the population is dependent on


agriculture either directly or indirectly.

It is not merely a source of livelihood but a way of life. It is the main source of food, fodder and
fuel. It is the basic foundation of economic development.

Agriculture provides highest contribution to national income.

Agriculture needed top most priority because the Govt. and the nation would both fail to succeed
if agriculture could not be successful

Literally speaking agriculture means the production of crops and live stock on a farm. Generally
speaking, agriculture is the cultivation of crops. In Economics, agriculture means cultivation of
crops along with animal husbandry, poultry, dairy farming, fishing and even forestry.

Agriculture is the back bone of our economy. Agriculture is important not only from economic
point of view but has influence on our social, political and cultural life. In the words of Jawahar
Lal Nehru, Agriculture needed top most priority because the Govt. and the nation would both fail
to succeed if agriculture could not be successful

Now, I am going to share about the significance of Agriculture in the Indian Economy!
The agricultural sector occupies a vital position in the overall economy of our country.
i. Share of Agriculture in National Income:
Agriculture has got a prime role in Indian economy. Though the share of agriculture in national
income has come down, still it has a substantial share in Gross Domestic Product. The contributory
share of agriculture in Gross Domestic Product is 24% now and previously it was 59%.
ii. Important Contribution to Employment:
Agriculture sector, at present, provides livelihood to 65 to 70 per cent of the total population. The
sector provides employment to 58.4 per cent of countrys workforce and is the single largest private
sector occupation.
iii. Important Source of Industrial Development:
Various important industries in India find their raw material from agriculture sector -cotton and
jute textile industries, sugar, vanaspati, etc. are directly dependent on agriculture. Handlooms,
spinning oil milling, rice thrashing, etc. are various small scale and cottage industries, which are
dependent on agriculture sector for their raw material. This highlights the importance of agriculture
in industrial development of the nation.
iv. Importance in International Trade:
Indias foreign trade is deeply associated with agriculture sector. Agriculture accounts for about
14.7 per cent of the total export earnings. Besides, goods made with the raw material of agriculture
sector also contribute about 20 per cent in Indian exports. In other words, agriculture and its related
goods contribute about 38 per cent in total exports of country.

In short, agriculture occupies a central place in the Indian economy. Its performance sets the pace
of growth in the economy as a whole. It should, however, be noted that Indian agriculture is still
in the state of backwardness, the per capita productivity in agriculture is less than in industry.