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On ‘Evergreen’ Revolution

This is with reference to the letter “ ‘Evergreen’ Revolution” by Jaydev Jana (EPW, 28 May 2016). He has aptly praised the role of technology in increasing agricultural production. But, mere increase in production using technology is not the panacea for the problems of agricultural development. As Neils Roling has pointed out,

When a new technology begins to be adopted it allows the ones using it to produce more, or more efficiently, against the going price, which is initially still determined by the old state-of-the-art … But as more farmers adopt (seeing the good results of the early ones), the state-of-the-art changes. Total production increases.

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