With its strong industrial and services sectors, Maharashtra is important to India’s economy. Even though the agriculture sector’s contribution to Maharashtra’s economic performance is only 11%, the growth of this sector is critical for Maharashtra to improve the lives of its population as about 50% of the state’s population depends on the agriculture sector, either directly or indirectly, for livelihoods.
The report outlines some recommendations to strengthen the existing programs and schemes. In addition, the report identifies two areas where convergence among various activities and actors could significantly enhance outcomes. Also outlined is a need to integrate efforts with the Water Resource Department and other key stakeholders that use water, such as cities and industries.