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Agricultural Innovations in India

K Seeta Prabhu Diffusion of Agricultural Innovations in India by Satadal Dasgupta; Wiley Eastern, New Delhi, 1989; pp 193, Rs 150. A SUBSTANTIAL increase in the productivity of the agricultural sector in India depends on the adoption of yield-increasing innovations by a majority of farmers. The country's experience with respect to the H YV technology introduced in the mid-60s was rather disappointing. The uneven diffusion of this technology led to a spate of studies analysing the factors affecting the adoption of agricultural innovations in the country. Barring a few exceptions, most of the studies were conducted at the micro level and generally examined the adoption behaviour of farmers in one or two villages. Given the tremendous variation in the social, cultural and agronomic factors across the country, it has been difficult to draw firm conclusions regarding the adoption behaviour of Indian farmers from these scattered studies. The book under review attempts to provide an integrated picture of the findings of the diffusion studies conducted in India and fulfils a long-felt need of researchers working in the field.

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