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Fixing Agricultural Prices Issues and Experiences

Fixing Agricultural Prices: Issues and Experiences V M Rao Agricultural Price' Policy in India by A S Kahlon and D S Tyagi, Allied, Confrontation on Prices THE recent years have witnessed a noticeable rise in the news-worthiness of agricultural prices. They get into headlines either because of farmers' agitations or economises gloomy predictions of spiralling inflation fed by rising food prices or tall promises by the parlies in power

Growth in the Context of Underdevelopment-Case of Dryland Agriculture

Case of Dryland Agriculture Introduction A SUBSTANTIAL breakthrough in dryland agriculture is a key component in the agricultural strategy proposed for the Eighth Plan [Planning Commission, 1990]. This is important not only for sustaining agricultural growth over the coming decades but, even more, to locate agricultural growth processes in vast areas which have remained largely stagnant so far. Nurturing growth processes in such areas is a delicate and time- taking development task. While the generation of new technologies for dryland agriculture is a formidable enough challenge to be faced, the effective adoption of these technologies by the masses of peasants to support a steady and viable growth process is immeasurably more so. Changes of such an order are in the nature of thoroughgoing transformation in rural societies covering individual attitudes and behaviour, community structures and the network of hierarchies and relationships influencing their economic performance.

Search for an Employment-Oriented Growth Strategy-A Discussion

Search for an Employment-Oriented Growth Strategy A Discussion A notable feature of the debate on the Eighth Five-Year Plan has been the concern over the deceleration in the growth of employment in recent years and the quest for an employment-oriented growth strategy. The articles that follow make up a discussion of this theme. All the articles, with the exception of the one by J C Sandesara which critically reviews a draft of the Planning Commission's Approach Paper' on Eighth Plan, are responses to the Economic Advisory Council's Interim Report titled Towards Evolving an Employment-Oriented Strategy for Development in the 1990s'.

Decentralised Planning-Priority Economic Issues

Decentralised Planning Priority Economic Issues V M Rao Decentralised planning in India is still in a preliminary stage of experimentation. This paper enumerates a number of issues which need careful attention to develop decentralised planning into a functioning operational system. The issues are categorised under three heads: (i) planning for growth, (ii) planning for minimum needs, and (Hi) promotion of participation in planning.

Development Strategy for the Next Phase-Perspectives and Priorities

Agricultural Development in India: The Next Stage, The Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, Himalaya Publishing House, Bombay, 1988. Who Shares? Co-operatives and Rural Development, D W Attwood and B S Baviskar (ed), Oxford University Press, Bombay, 1988.

Interventions for the Poor-Critical Dimensions, Potentialities and Limitations

V M Rao Introduction THIS paper takes a look at the researches done in Karnataka in the last about two decades on the wide range of development programmes implemented in the state. The paper has been prepared as a part of a research project undertaken in the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) to make a comprehensive inventory of development programmes implemented in Karnataka by the official agencies and by the voluntary organisations and to assemble the principal findings and insights of researches done on the programmes in the form of abstracts. A particular attempt has been made in the project to cover unpublished researches available in universities, institutions and government of Karnataka departments.

IRDP and Rural Diversification-A Study in Karnataka

A Study in Karnataka V M Rao S Erappa This study, based on data collected from IRDP beneficiaries in Karnataka supplemented with data from the government records on the anti-poverty programmes, finds that (a) The anti-poverty programmes remain preoccupied with the objective of providing relief rather than making the poor viable and development-oriented. More specifically, IRDP remains weak as thrust for widening the base of rural economy through substantial addition of non-agricultural activities.

Changing Village Structure-Impact of Rural Development Programmes

Changing Village Structure Impact of Rural Development Programmes V M Rao The economic investigations of rural programmes tend to be rather myopic remaining preoccupied with increases in employment, income, assets, etc. The purpose of this paper is to argue that looking at the rural programmes from the broader perspective of changing relative positions of rural strata would provide deeper understanding of rural change and, also, bring the empirical studies closer to the emerging theoretical issues in development economics.

Not by Technology Alone

 Not by Technology Alone V M Rao Green Revolution in India: A Study of Punjab, Haryana, UP and Bihar by R N Chopra; Intellectual Publishing House, New Delhi, 1986;

Agricultural Growth in India-A Review of Experiences and Prospects

A Review of Experiences and Prospects V M Rao R S Deshpande While the agricultural sector has witnessed some startling breakthroughs, doubts are now being expressed whether the growth is fast enough and sustained enough to carry the economy through the next few critical decades. This paper examines the shifts in the sources of growth since the sixties from area increase to improvements in yields; growth in irrigation and in the use of modern inputs; and takes a brief look at the recent changes in the agriculture's terms of trade. Against this background the authors pose the complex question of the relationship between agricultural growth and the welfare of the rural masses and identify three major frontiers which need to be crossed to push agricultural growth beyond its present limits.

Pilots Who Do Not Take Off

(p 329). Yet one more dimension is provided by Kamat who notes that education has 'a dual character'. While it leads individuals to the acceptance of the ruling ideas in society, it has also the potential even with limited autonomy to make them question these ideas

Agrarian Reforms A Nostalgic View

Agrarian Reforms: A Nostalgic View V M Rao Agrarian Reform in Contemporary Developing Countries edited by Ajit Kumar Ghose; (An ILO-WEP Study), Croom Helm, London, 1983; pp 364.

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