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02 JULY, 2017 (MAINS)



Q1. “In the present day market-oriented farming, the credit has become an indispensable input for the farmers in India.” Do you agree? Discuss, with reference to the relevance of a ‘multi-agency approach’ in agricultural credit. (200 words)


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  • Osho Korde

    Agriculture credit is an important prerequisite for agricultural growth. Agricultural policies have been reviewed from time to time to provide adequate and timely availability of finance to this sector. Rural credit system assumes importance because for most of the Indian rural families, savings are inadequate to finance farming and other economic activities. This coupled with the lack of simultaneity between income realization and expenditure and lumpiness of agricultural capital investments. The institutional credit system is critical for agricultural development and its role has further increased in the liberalized economic environment. In India a multi-agency approach comprising co-operative banks, scheduled commercial banks and regional rural banks (RRBs) has been followed to allow credit to agricultural sector.

    Commercial Banks:
    Commercial Banks(CBs) provide rural credit by establishing their branches in the rural areas. The share of commercial banks in rural credit was very meager till 1969. The All India Rural Credit Review Committee (1969) recommended multi agency approach to the rural and especially agricultural credit. It suggested the increasing role of the CBs in providing agricultural credit. Further, under the Social Control Policy introduced in 1967 and subsequently the nationalization of 14 major CBs in 1969 (followed by another six banks in 1980), CBs have been given a special responsibility to set up their advances for agricultural and allied activities in the country.

    Trends in Agricultural Credit
    Over time, spectacular progress has been achieved in terms of the scale and outreach of institutional framework for agricultural credit. Some of the major discernible trends are as follows: