The agriculture sector in Kerala has been facing challenges with regard to its growth. According to the data from the Directorate of Economics and Statistics (DES), the annual growth rate (GSVA at constant 2011-12 prices) of agriculture and allied activities (including crops, livestock, forestry and logging and fishing and aquaculture) was (-)6.31 per cent in 2013-14, 0.02 per cent in 2014-15, (-)5.10 per cent in 2015-16 and (-)0.65 per cent in 2016-17. The sector witnessed a growth of 2.11 per cent in 2017-18. But the growth declined to (-)2.38 per cent in 2018-19 and further to (-)6.62 per cent in 2019-20. In 2018-19, fishing and forestry sector in the State had shown positive growth rate with, 6.55 per cent and 0.54 per cent respectively, while the rest of the sectors had displayed negative growth rate. In 2019-20 all the sectors had shown negative growth rates.
On a positive note, as per SDG India Index 2019, even though the share of agriculture and allied sector in GSVA is negligible, Kerala ranks third in India with respect to GVA in agriculture per worker at ₹2.19 lakh.
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Source : Economic Review 2020