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

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Economics of Handloom Weaving: A Field Study in Andhra Pradesh

Based on fieldwork, this paper examines the problems and prospects of the handloom sector in Andhra Pradesh. One major finding is that the growth performance of cooperatives determines the growth of other institutions - the master weavers, middle men and independent weavers. Well-performing cooperatives are the best safeguard for the handloom sector, as they protect the weaver and also provide a counterbalance to the master weaver. Competition from powerlooms is an obvious threat, but this can be countered if the sector produces high value, unique (brand value) products or medium value products which can be marketed locally or abroad, as distinct from powerloom products.

How Participatory Is Participatory Irrigation Management?

Often lack of political will is identified as the main reason for the tardy progress in irrigation reforms at the state level. Andhra Pradesh, however, has demonstrated the political will by initiating widespread irrigation reforms through legislation. This paper, based on the situation six years after Water Users' Associations came into existence, makes an attempt to provide a comprehensive view on the status and functioning of these associations in the state. It is argued that though substantial amounts of money were spent on the reform process, money was used mainly for improving the ailing irrigation systems rather than strengthening formal institutional structures. Despite the fact that WUAs are promoted as non-political institutions, "elite capture" and political involvement dominate their functioning. More importantly, devolution of powers to WUAs has still not taken place, as most of the important functions like assessment, collection of water charges, sanctioning of works, etc, remain in the hands of the irrigation department.

Trends in Agricultural Wages-An Inter-Regional Analysis in Andhra Pradesh

An Inter-Regional Analysis in Andhra Pradesh P Prudhvikar Reddy In Andhra Pradesh, the HYV technology in paddy crop which was initially confined to canal irrigated areas has later spread to other irrigated areas. It is of interest to examine the impact of this on the trends in agricultural wages in different agro-climatic zones. The analysis reveals that the real wages of all categories of labour have increased at the state as well as zonal levels though the magnitude differed from zone to zone. It also indicates continuous persistence of zonal variations in wages.
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