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Cultivation of Medicinal Plants in Uttarakhand

Due to excessive extraction of medicinal plant species in high altitude areas, Uttarakhand has seen a serious depletion of its biological resources. The state government has introduced policies to promote the conservation of these species and encourage farmers to cultivate them and supplement their incomes. This paper examines the impact of the Uttarakhand government's promotional policies and also looks at a project that has built a supply chain to cultivate these plants for export to Europe.

Biotechnology, Agriculture and Developing Countries

Biotechnology, Agriculture and Developing Countries Ghayur Alam Current research in biotechnology largely concentrated in the hands of US seed and chemical multinationals is dictated by commercial interests of these firms and is unlikely to benefit third world agriculture.

CAPITAL VIEW

compounded not only by giving weightage to Centrally-sponsored schemes in different areas of development which fall within the sphere of responsibility of the states, but also by more detailed supervision by Central authorities of the allocation of funds and their deployment under these schemes. This is bound to hamstring the initiative of the states in the implementation of these schemes in the light of local conditions and circumstances. Such a dispensation is bound to create frictions and tensions in Centre- State relations which will in due course find political expressions in a variety of ways and forms. The fact is that the Prime Minister does not subscribe and is indeed allergic to the concept and principles of a federal polity. He is fond of insisting that India is not a federal set-up but is a union in which Central authority is supreme and must prevail in regulating relations between the Centre and states. This is the basic position which colours his views on strengthening national unity and integration.
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