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Dissecting Agricultural Stagnation in Kerala-An Analysis across Crops, Seasons and Regions

An Analysis across Crops, Seasons and Regions K P Kannan K Pushpangadan The authors' analysis indicates that the yield stagnation in agriculture in Kerala is all-pervasive, including in paddy. The observed increase in yield of paddy is not due to any technical change, but to marginal land going out of cultivation. There is thus technological stagnation throughout Kerala's agriculture since the mid-seventies. Farmers have, moreover, resorted to increased mixed cropping to minimise earnings fluctuation from a given acreage.

Kerala Economy at the Crossroads

K P Kannan Implicit in the development experience of Kerala is the question of the capability of low income agrarian societies to achieve high quality of living levels. This issue is crucial for two reasons. One is related to the sustainability of the kind of social development achieved and the other is the imperative of a more all-round pattern of development.

Secularism and People s Science Movement in India

The idea of a People's Science Movement evolved as a result of the tremendous response of the common people to the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad and today the idea of conscious application of science in social activism is taking roots.

Agricultural Stagnation and Irrigation in Kerala

B D DHAWAN (1988) commenting on our paper Agricultural Stagnation in Kerala: An Exploratory Analysis' [Kannan and Pushpangadan 1988] has questioned us on two counts. One relates to our empirical finding of no evidence of any beneficial impact of irrigation on land productivity and the other relates to our adverse remarks on major irrigation projects both on the basis of cost comparisons with minor irrigation projects as well as their non-performance.

Agricultural Stagnation in Kerala-An Exploratory Analysis

An Exploratory Analysis K P Kannan K Pushpangadan This paper attempts to explain the agricultural stagnation that set in Kerala since the mid-seventies. The phenomenon is attributed to ill-conceived development of critical factors such as water management and land development which has been exacerbated by increasing environmental degradation.

Environment and Development in India

Environment and Development in India The State of India's Environment 1982: A Citizen's Report, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, 1982: Rs. 125.

Towards a People s Science Movement

Towards a People's Science Movement Anwar Jaffry Mahesh Rangarajan B Ekbal K P Kannan A LARGE number of groups are working, mostly on a voluntary basis, in areas which may be said to fall on the interface of science and society. Some are attempting to popularise the natural sciences; some are engaged in focusing attention on the unscientific attitudes and policies towards such basic issues as health; some are engaged in highlighting the adverse impact of development activities as a result of inadequate and often wrong application of science and technology, particularly in the field of environment; a few are engaged in demonstrating innovative and interesting ways of teaching science, while quite a number are' engaged in' development activities in the areas of health, nonformal education, appropriate technology, housing, etc, bused on their scientific knowledge. Apart from such specific activities, attempts are also under way, as in Kerala, to develop a People's Science Movement (PSM for short) fusing the numerous activities listed above with the help of the spoken and the printed word as well as the various art forms of the people. The. underlying motive for such a PSM has arisen from the need to enhance the people's capability to understand and analyse social issues in a scientific framework, It is the use of science, in one way or the other, in the activities of these various groups which -has created a common thread bringing them together under the banner of PSM.

FORESTRY-Forests for Industry s Profit

After working long , hours in such appalling conditions, the workers have to go 'home' to mud huts, without water, electricity or sewage. Drinking water is a pressing problem. In the official data, there are six filtering plants for the residential colonies of Jhagra- khand area; but some of these plants are reportedly shut down. Water is most scarce in as many as six collieries

Social Cost-Benefit Analysis-A Case Study

A Case Study K P Kannan This paper presents an economic evaluation of a land development project in a water-logged area in central Kerala

People s Science Movements

January 13, 1879 People's Science Movements A Vaidyanathan N Krishnaji K P Kannan THERE has been a growing realisation among scientists and social workers that science and scientific research in India, as presently taught and practised, has acquired an elitist character with little or no relevance to or concern for the needs of the people. This has led to the emergence of a number of voluntary organisations ranging from those explicitly oriented towards the 'popularisation of science to those which seek to inculcate among the masses a scientific approach to understanding society and social Lange as a necessary pre-condition for progressive social transformation. These groups, spread all over India, vary in size and scope ranging from small groups working on particular problems in a limited area to a mass movement like the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Pari- shad (KSSP). A significant feature of these new activities is that they have begun to attract highly trained scientists and technologists who have become disenchanted with the relevance of what they have learnt and what they are doing in the 'scientific establishments

KERALA-Science for the People

October 7, 1978 a show of force, the sarpanch-cum- landlord took out another procession with his henchmen armed with lethal weapons. The committee's account of its visit to Gundanapalli village is significant for the light it throws on the feudal conditions which still prevail in the village in which it was possible for the powerful landlord of the village to intervene in a family dispute between a washerman and his wife and allegedly beat the washerman almost to death. The old mother of the washerman, Konduri Devayya, gave evidence before the committee. She told the committee that Devayya and his wife have been living separately for some years. Once Devayya had gone to Boyinapalli village on work and the landlord, Prabhakar Rao, allegedly sent two clihermen and got Devayya forcibly brought to his bungalow. The landlord became furious with Devayya because he refused to comply with the landlord's order to live with his wife. The landlord allegedly beat Devayya and stamped on him till he bacame unconscious. His hands and legs were tied up and Devayya was thrown first in the Panchayat office and later, for fear that he may die there, near a stream from where he was picked up by an acquaintance. The people of the neighbouring villages were enraged at the brutal behaviour of the landlord and went to Boyinapalli village, questioned the landlord and paraded him in the villages as a gesture of protest. The committee learnt that no case has been registered against the landlord for beating up Devayya, but that, on the contrary. a case had been filed against Devayya's elder brother.

Agricultural Mechanisation in China

 Agricultural Mechanisation in China K P Kannan SHIGERU Ishikawa, known to be one of the most perceptive economists on China, of the Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, Japan, gave two seminars at Trivan- drum on the "Necessity and Problems of Agricultural Mechanisation in China and Its Organisational Aspects" during the first week of October last year. Ishikawa pointed out that the Chinese agriculture is currently undergoing a massive process of mechanisation with a view to increasing agricultural productivity to achieve self-sufficiency, especially in foodgrains. The decision to embark on this programme of agricultural mechanisation was formally taken at a national conference held during October 1975 attended by more than 600 delegates. The conference was named the 'National Learn- from-Tachai Agricultural Conference'. It is significant that the name Tachai figured prominently in the conference. Tachai is a production brigade in the mountain area of the north China province of Shansi. Led by its Party branch, the brigade rebuilt a village which was extremely poor and undeveloped before liberation into a prosperous and thriving socialist countryside. This was achieved by, what the Chinese call, "putting proletarian politics in command, educating the peasants in Mao Tse-tung Thought, firmly taking the socialist road and adhering to the principle of self-reliance and hard work". In sum, the progress was not due to increased use of material incentives but mainly motivating people for collective welfare. This explains why Mao Tse-tung gave the famous call in 1964: "In agriculture learn from Tachai''. The conference was a formal endorsement of this call to emulate the example of Tachai for expansion and modernisation of agriculture. The conference set a target of 70 per cent agricultural mechanisation by 1980. The official definition of agricultural mechanisation was that in each agricultural operation at least 20 per cent of human labour should be substituted by agricultural machinery. This is now sought to be increased to 70 per cent.


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