ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Andhra Pradesh’s Free Electricity Story

'Powering' Agriculture

In 2004, the then newly elected state government introduced a policy to provide free electricity to farmers during off-peak hours to help activities like irrigation. This policy was heavily criticised due to the costs it entailed as well as its failure to achieve targets. This article looks at this policy's effect on rice crop yields. The findings suggest that crop yields were unaffected by the policy, even though farmers tended to resort to more electricityintensive irrigation methods.



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