Sreyashi Datta, Academic Content Writer at Edumartz
It is apparent that the rural sector will continue to lag until and unless dramatic reforms occur. There is a larger need now to make rural regions more lively by diversifying into dairying, poultry, fisheries, vegetables, and fruits, as well as connecting rural production hubs with urban and international (export) markets to generate higher returns on product investments. Furthermore, infrastructural aspects like financing and marketing, farmer-friendly agricultural regulations, and ongoing evaluation and interaction between farmers’ groups and state agricultural agencies are critical to realizing the sector’s full potential. We can no longer consider the environment and rural development to be separate issues. There is a need to develop or acquire alternative sets of eco-friendly technologies that contribute to sustainable growth in various situations. Each rural community can select the option that best suits their needs. To accelerate this process of ‘learning by doing,’ we need to learn from, and also try out when relevant, practices from the available set of ‘best practice’ illustrations (which means success stories of rural development experiments that have already been carried out in similar conditions in different parts of India).