Eurasia Review (March 17, 2015) | It is essential to take care of the food needs of a growing population. But in India, agriculture is under stress, as pointed out by the recent Economic Survey. The untimely rain in north India before and after Holi has also caused much damage to the crops. Agricultural growth seems to have regressed to 1.1 per cent, according to the First Advance Estimate of Kharif Crop (July-September 2014), following a bumper year in 2013-14. With only 88 per cent of rainfall, the growth rate is thankfully positive.