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Operation Flood Some Constraints and Implications

Operation Flood: Some Constraints and Implications K Narayanan Nair SURENDRA SINGH'S article on the Operation Flood II makes interesting reading.1 The main thrust of his paper is that there is shortage of feeds and fodder in India and that it will get worsened in the OF II period (1978- 85) with the increase in numbers of crossbreed milch cattle. And the land requirement for meeting the feed and fodder deficits are exceedingly large and it will increase at a rapid rate in the OF II period, The worsening of shortage of feeds and fodder will hit the small producers the hardest and therefore the prospects of their being able to derive benefits from this pro- ject also will be very bleak. It is further argued that, as in the case of high yielding varieties of crops, the new technology of milk production will be confined mostly to the highly irrigated and agriculturally prosperous regions in the country. This comment is intended to point out some of the limitations of Surendra Singh's paper, especially his estimates of feeds and fodder, and highlights the implications of the shortage of animal feeds for the success of the Operation Flood Project. Besides we will also examine the implications of the large-scale investment in the dairy sector which is expected to be a major instrument for providing employment and income for the weaker sections of the rural households.

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