Department For International Development
Despite the presence of rich natural resources in Bihar, the state of Bihar remained backward in agricultural development until recently. The economy of Bihar is dominated by agriculture, which contributes over a quarter of the state income and accounts for employment of about 70 per cent of the rural workforce. Hence, robust growth of the agriculture sector holds the key to the economic and social development of the state. Keeping this in view, the Government of Bihar has launched multiple initiatives under the agriculture roadmaps for the holistic development of agriculture with an emphasis on increasing productivity growth and improving farmers incomes.
In this context, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in India has commissioned the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) to undertake an agricultural sector diagnostic study in the Indian state of Bihar to identify the economic, political, natural, and technological barriers that beset agricultural productivity and inclusive growth in Bihar . This policy brief has been prepared as a part of this study to identify the most binding constraints for agricultural growth in Bihar.
Pohit, Sanjib & Kannan, Elumalai. (2019). Identifying Binding Constraints to Agricultural Growth in Bihar.