ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Agricultural Policy Strategy, Instruments and Implementation: A Review and the Road Ahead

For 40 years, India's agricultural growth rate has averaged less than one-third of the government's modest target of 4%. The sector's performance has been about the same before and after the economic reforms in the early 1990s. The reforms that brought a dramatic acceleration of growth in urban sectors have essentially had no effect on agriculture. Slow agricultural growth has had ill-effects on food security, food price inflation and poverty reduction because of the inadequate level and composition of public expenditure. Agricultural education, research, extension and a wide range of ancillary public institutions have also suffered. Agricultural growth always demands massive public goods provision and that in turn requires a radical reorientation of central, state and district government activities. This paper advocates a new integrated, technology-led strategy to pull out of, what looks like, a vicious circle that agriculture is now caught in.

Interrupted Journey of Agricultural Education

Revitalising Higher Agricultural Education in India: Journey Towards Excellence by P M Tamboli and Y L Nene (Secunderabad: Asia Agri-History Foundation), 2011; pp i-xv + 316, Rs 500.

New Seed Varieties and the Small Farm

M Schluter John W Mellor That there is a relationship between adoption of the new varieties and size of farm, is generally accepted. In this article, the variability that existed within this relationship by crops, seasons, regions and years, in the period 1966-67 to 1968-69 is examined. Also examined are a number of factors which may underlie the relationship.

Changing Basis of Demand for Fertiliser

Gunvant M Desai John W Mellor To attain the need-based targets, fertiliser use in the country must grow by over 600 thousand tonnes per year for at least 6 to 7 consecutive years. What is the likelihood of cultivators* demand growing continuously by this huge unprecedented magnitude? What public policy measures are needed to generate such a growth in demand?
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