In June 2020, when India decided decided Hindustan Times Modi government doubles down on farm liberalisation Read more to liberalise trade in produce, it was hailed as a game-changer for agriculture. Farmers would no longer be constrained by the monopoly of regulated agricultural markets. They could now sell to anyone within the country, and long-locked doors would be thrown open for private investment private investment The Ken WayCool, DeHaat’s direct line to farmers as agri Licence Raj ends Read more .
Land before time
Whose land is it anyway?
India's agricultural sector needs transparent, incontestable, and digitised land titles. But despite a long-standing national programme to digitise land records, just over a third of the country's 655,700 villages have integrated digitised records and maps
Lending, crop insurance, government welfare schemes all depend on clear and up-to-date land records
But India’s 12-year-old records digitisation programme that’s in charge of this needs an overhaul
Only nine out states and UTs have digitally signed records of rights available online; only 14 have digitised maps
Usage of hi-res satellite images and recording issues attached to land parcels can help move this along