ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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SFDAs- Minus the Small Farmer

OFFICIAL evaluations of the performance of the Small Farmers Development Agencies (SFDAs) has generally run in terms of the quantum of loans disbursed under the aegis of these agencies, the number of wells dug, pump-sets Installed, minor irrigation works completed, quantity of inputs supplied, and so on and so forth. That the benefit of these activities has in fact accrued to the small fanners we have been required to accept oh trust. This trust is now rudely shaken by some of the findings, just published, of a field study of 13 SFDAs by the Division of Rural Surveys of the Reserve Bank of India. The study relates to 1972-73 and covers all aspects of the working of the selected SFDAs. Its findings, therefore, merit detailed examination. However, what the study brings out about the coverage of the SFDAs does provide some answers to the crucial question who has benefited from the activities of these agencies.

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