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

Articles By R N Padaria

Non-basmati versus Traditional Basmati

High palatability of basmati rice followed by attractive appearance of the cooked grain and strong demand were the top ranked attributes elicited by the adopter respondents of Pusa-1121. However, inadequate irrigation facilities, limited public procurement mechanism, and difficulty in obtaining healthy seed were the prominent constraints that restrict more farmers from adopting basmati paddy in the study area. The profitability analysis of the previous five years showed an abrupt shift of higher profitability from basmati during 2016 to 2019 to non-basmati crop during 2020 due to expanded public paddy procurement policy.

Reinventing Agricultural Extension System in India

Agricultural extension is critical to improve farm productivity and to translate the same into increased income. However, the agricultural extension system in India is facing a multitude of challenges. The support, in terms of policies and promotion, received by the agricultural sector even before the green revolution is gradually weakening. Private extension has been unable to match the requirements of a diverse and smallholder-dominated Indian agricultural sector. Restructuring of the Indian agricultural extension system is vital in developing the sector into a major source of growth in the Indian economy.