Doubling farmers' income: rationale, strategy, prospects and action plan
Irrigated farmland in the country must increase by 19 per cent and availability of quality seeds by 167 per cent if the Centre wants to double farmers’ real income by 2022-23, according to a plan devised by NITI Aayog. The base year for this calculation is 2015-16. The plan says unless efficiency is achieved, the Centre will need to increase NPK fertiliser availability by 38 per cent to 36 million tonnes by 2021-22. It also talks of the power supply needed on farms, intensity of crops and how much land will be needed for high-value crops.