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

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Rural Poverty in the Semi-Arid Tropics of India-Identification, Determinants and Policy Interventions

The poverty problem is severe in the semi-arid tropics, but is not beyond solution. Among the simulated policy interventions, redistribution of land by itself is least effective in reducing poverty The most important policy intervention for poverty alleviation is the complete package of land with a pair of bullocks and a minimum of eight years of schooling. Increasing education levels, providing a pair of bullocks, increasing irrigation by 40 per cent and increasing wage rates are equally effective in reducing poverty in the semi-arid tropics.

Crop Rotation in Traditional Farming Systems in Selected Areas of India

in Selected Areas of India N S Jodha R P Singh Crop rotation is an important feature of traditional farming systems in the semi-arid tropics. Using farm-level data on plot-specific cropping histories covering a period of 10 years, the paper discusses different dimensions of rotation practices in three agro-climatic regions of SAT India. Despite realising the importance of rotation, the farmer finds it difficult to rotate crops or cropping systems as he wants. Weather, market forces, and other factors tend to interrupt the rotation sequences.

Risk Benefits, Crop Insurance, and Dryland Agriculture

Dryland Agriculture T S Walker R P Singh M Asokan Participation by farmers in voluntary, public-sector crop insurance programmes has historically been low. We analyse one important determinant of farmers' participation

Effect of Irrigation on Production and Input Use-A Case Study of Kosi Irrigation Project

and Input Use A Case Study of Kosi Irrigation Project R P Singh Irrigation is one of the most important inputs in agricultural development, After Independence, priority was initially given to major irrigation projects, such as the Kosi project in north Bihar.

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