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

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Drought, Agricultural Risk and Rural Income

Understanding agricultural risks and the ways of managing it are very crucial in the context of their impact on agricultural production and livelihood of the people, particularly in a water limiting environment. Although the use of high-yielding varieties has brought huge gains in yield, variability is still a formidable production risk in a rain-fed environment. Estimates show that the intensity of drought is higher during the maximum tillering stage of rice production, emphasising the need for developing drought-resistant rice varieties. It is imperative that the varieties meant for a water limiting environment should ensure minimal level of yield during the stress period and this could induce the farmers to go for a higher level of adoption. Continued research on development of drought-tolerant rice varieties and seed supply management are crucial.

Hybrid Rice in Tamil Nadu

Nine years after release of the first rice hybrid, its adoption rate in Tamil Nadu was found to be too meagre and scattered to measure its impact. The present study aimed at documenting farm-level insights into why hybrid rice has not made a dent on the rice sector in Tamil Nadu. Results show that there was not much progress made over the past decade in terms of developing farmer-acceptable rice hybrids and achieving the higher yield gains through hybrid rice under farmers' field condition in Tamil Nadu.
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