ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Administering Agriculture

Administering Agriculture Journal of Public Administration"; Vol XIII, No 3, July-September 1967.
THIS is an excellent and comprehensive collection of articles by administrators of agricultural policy. It gives a bird's- eye view of agricultural policy as it has evolved since mid-19th century; at the same time it does justice to discussion of current problems and policies. The first article by B Sivaraman, entitled "The Strategy of Food Production", begins with a brief account of food availability in developed and developing countries, and then highlights the evolution of high-yielding varieties of seeds which is the king-pin in our food production programmes. The two droughts, according to the author, "brought out four facts. The first was that the irrigation sources considered to be safe for agriculture were wanting in times of greatest distress, whereas ground-water resources did yeoman's service. Second was that the output of cereals and pulses from the entire irrigated area was not consonant with the potential of good husbandry. The third was the utility of short-term high-yielding paddy strains vis-a-vis long-term local varieties. Fourthly all the high-yielding varieties showed a drought resistance that ordinary varieties did not possess".

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