- Agriculture & allied activities accounts for about 15.7 % of country’s GDP and is estimated to employ about 124.7 million people as cultivators and 106.8 million as agricultural labour (Census 2001).
- India has about 161 million hectares of arable land of which only 55 million is irrigated.
- With the increase in population the demand for food and Agri produce is increasing, but the supply is constant due to low agricultural productivity.
- This is predominantly due to improper Farm Management practices and loss in post harvest handling. There is a requirement for specific set of skills in the field of Agriculture.
Surge in Demand of Indian Agricultural Products
India is among the 10 leading exporters of agricultural products in the world; the country accounted for 2.07 per cent of global agricultural trade in 2012
Agriculture Skill Council of India (ASCI)
ASCI was set up in January 2013 as a Section 25 company under Companies act of Ministry of Company Affairs. The endeavour of ASCI is to work towards building capacity in the Agriculture Industry and bridge the gap between laboratories and farms. ASCI envisions to upgrade skills of Cultivators, Agricultural Labours and Direct and Indirect labour engaged in Organized and Unorganized Agriculture and Allied industry.