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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.

Modern Agriculture and the Ecologically Handicapped Fading Glory of Boro Paddy Cultivation in West Bengal

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Boro, 25.7

0 0 0 0 0 0

22.37 Groundwater

Annual Rainfall, 2000-2001

350000 300000 250000 200000 150000 100000 50000 0

1981-1982 1985-1986 1991-1992 1996-1997

5 0 5 0 5 0 5 0

IN'

1600 1400 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 0

y = 81.089x + 422.33

1980-81 1985-86 1990-91 1995-96 1997-98 1998-99 1999-20002000 2001

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