13 JUN,2021 | MEDC
The second wave of Covid may have impacted rural areas more than urban centres, but growth in agricultural exports, despite pandemic disruptions, has been impressive. After remaining stagnant for the past three years, the export of agriculture and allied products during 2020-21 grew 17.34% to $ 41.25 billion. The government is taking measures to expand the export basket of agricultural products and promote export of products unique to India, and it seems to be producing results. As long as our agricultural sector remains dynamic, there is little to fear. Our economy has changed structurally, but some fundamental mismatches remain much the same. Inequality (of all kinds) has widened so much that Covid has left the poor exposed to far greater dangers than the rich. This is precisely where robust agricultural growth will help policymakers narrow the gap, and ensure inclusive socioeconomic development, benefiting the majority of those at the bottom of the pyramid.
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