45% of the labour force is directly or indirectly linked with Agriculture. Thus, it’s a major economic growth driver.
Concerning Uttar Pradesh, Agriculture provides livelihood to nearly 65% of the workforce. It also contributes immensely to the food security of the nation as it is the top producer of many crops.
The quality of soil is degraded due to contamination from the overuse of pesticides and fertilizers for decades.
Not many have access to opt for mechanization, also poor soil quality and varying climatic conditions.
Despite the change in mindset, the gender gap exists in this sector in terms of wages, exposure and leadership.
Shrinking land holdings, the rising cost of cultivation, inaccessibility to vital resources, market volatilities & tactics, weak bargaining power, crop insurance coverage, etc