Decline in Agriculture share to Jammu & Kashmir ’s GSDP is not a good sign.
Agriculture, being the most diverse sector, is an important bridge between mankind and ecosystem. It provides the only reliable source of sustenance. Pages of history are full of occasions where under most challenging situations agrarian economy proved to be the only support for distressed people. Beyond this agriculture is the mainstay of majority of population of most of the nations. India, rather the whole subcontinent mostly has agriculture driven economy where Agriculture contributes to GSDP (Gross State Domestic Product) significantly. Until mid-fifties of the last century even with the biggest limitation of single cropping season in maximum parts of Jammu and Kashmir, the farming and its allied sectors were the only source of economic activity with very little contribution from handicrafts and tourism sector. Over the period of time several other sectors made inroads into our economic activity but on sustenance and food-security front Agriculture remained the dominating activity. It constitutes an important sector of the State economy and source of employment. Around 70 percent of the population of J&K derives its income directly or indirectly from this sector and 49 percent of the total work force of the State depends directly on Agriculture for their livelihood. Read More The fallouts of urbanisation!