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Agricultural reforms needed

India suffers from low agricultural productivity and the agricultural markets are highly regulated, which imposes many layers between the farmers and the ultimate consumers. Agricultural markets need

India suffers from low agricultural productivity and the agricultural markets are highly regulated, which imposes many layers between the farmers and the ultimate consumers.

Agricultural markets need to be deregulated, farmer-producer organisations need to be encouraged, intermediaries need to be weeded out so that farmers get better prices for their produce.

If properly managed, a progressive agricultural reform could lead to higher agricultural growth, lower food price inflation and lift large sections of the poorest of the poor to above the poverty line.