Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat
Hon'ble Chief Minister, Uttrakhand
THE UTTARAKHAND STATE AGRICULTURE COUNCIL
उत्तराखंड राज्य कृषि परिषद
Agriculture forms a major pillar of the economy of Uttarakhand with nearly 51 per cent of the population engaged in the sector and 11.19 per cent contribution to the state’s GDP. The farm sector in the state is dominated by small and marginal land holdings (91%), which is mostly scattered due to larger area being hilly terrain. The food grains production is quite variable in different areas and huge productivity gaps have been recorded in plain and hilly areas. Though the state offers mammoth opportunities in horticulture, organic farming, diversied agriculture, medicinal and aromatic plants etc., the small size of holding combined with poor educational status of farmers, lack of mechanization coupled with inadequate access to developmental initiatives, schemes and other benecial information, especially in hilly areas, limits the growth. The lack of effective coordination among farmers, industry and Government results in inefciency of efforts. The different functionaries like state agriculture department, ICAR, front line extension agencies, non-government organization, private CSR and other developmental initiatives are working for the betterment of farmers and agriculture sector, but due to the lack of coordination among the key stake-holders does not show up the result of hard work and resources. Realising the need for an apex coordination and advisory platform at the State level, ICFA is launching the State Agriculture Council, which is mandated to work as the think tank, state level knowledge resource center, policy advisory and development body and coordination platform towards synergizing the efforts of all the key stake-holders towards catalyzing growth in agriculture and value chain and empowering farmers.