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

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Poverty and Agricultural Development

Pradhan H Prasad The author's analysis of data on agricultural development and the proportion of the rural population below the poverty line suggests that the adoption of the water-fertiliser-HYV technology has led to a decline in poverty, The decline is also associated with increase in agricultural and foodgrains production. If the decline in the proportion of the poor in rural India has been relatively small, it is not because the 'trickle down modified' thesis is not valid in the Indian situation, but because the rate of agricultural growth has been low and has been heavily dependent on the vagaries of nature.

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