WHILE the importance of agricultural research in paving the way for a second green revolution is well known, agriculture today suffers from lack of funds and low productivity. Not only is the investment intensity in agricultural research and education (R&E) low, the share of states in R&E funding has been falling. Though private sector participation in the share of funding has increased dramatically and this is good news for agricultural research, much greater public-private participation is required for the benefits to be widespread. Investment intensity in R&E in India, or more simply the amount spent in research as a proportion of the sector\'s GDP, stands at 0.34%, among the lowest when compared to other developing countries.
Agri research needs a leg up
by Vidhika Sehgazl, The Economic Times, 08 May, 2006