ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Modern Agriculture and the Ecologically Handicapped

Boro paddy had been the triumph of modern agriculture in rural West Bengal. In the recent past, concern has been expressed about the economic and ecological sustainability of this so-called profitable crop. This study attempts inter alia to understand the rationale of farmers' choice of boro paddy harvest in a situation of declining profitability and growth in output, the impact on groundwater reserves in West Bengal and damage to the soil substrate caused by such monocropping. Despite a dearth of scientific data on the polluting effects of agrochemical dumping, indicators show that a large number of farmers of West Bengal who are growing boro paddy are becoming ecologically handicapped.

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