ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Sustainability of Wheat-Rice Production in Punjab: A Re-examination

India's food security depends vitally on wheat and rice production in Punjab, which contributes more than 50 per cent of the central pool of cereal stocks. The sustainability of wheat and rice production at the present scale in Punjab has been questioned by some experts, both on economic and ecological grounds. The evaluation of empirical evidence on economic and ecological aspects of wheat-rice cultivation in Punjab, however, shows that it is quite sustainable: the economics of rotation is sound, a growing domestic market is assured for the next few decades and the minimum support prices programme will continue in the foreseeable future. The returns are the highest among the competing crop rotation combinations and there is no imminent ecological threat. The fall in the water table has neither crossed the danger mark nor has the fall been caused by wheat-rice cultivation per se.

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