Tag Archives: Budget 2015-16 Agriculture

How are we to believe that NDA is interested in farm livelihoods?

Look at Budget 2015-16. The processes of shaping a serious budget began months ago, we were told, while 2014-15 budget was a make-do arrangement when the government got formed, in June 2014.

It is preposterous that budget allocations for Ministry of Agriculture have actually been reduced, that too to levels less than 2011-12 (5 years ago!), when it comes to agriculture and cooperation. While organic farming in the name of Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana received 300 crores, this is nothing compared to what needs to be allotted, or what has been taken away! How are we to believe that this government has farmer interests in its agenda at all? Soon after forming the government, the farm income insurance scheme was publicized as a major measure that will be introduced – look at the allocations in this 2015-16 budget for this, and you will realise how serious or not this government is about farm incomes. The hyped talk about livestock and animal husbandry takes a beating if you look at 2015-16 budget allocations, vis-à-vis what the UPA government had in 2011-12.

Ministry/Departments 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15* 2015-16
Ministry of Agriculture (Plan & Non Plan) 24176.72 27931.59 29772.83 31062.64 24909.78
Dept of Agriculture & Cooperation (DAC) 17522.87 20530.22 21933.50 22652.25 17004.35
Dept of Agricultural Research & Education (DARE) 4957.87 5392.00 5729.17 6144.39 6320.00
Dept of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries 1696.25 2009.37 2110.16 2266.30 1585.43