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

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BIHAR-The Seven Blind Men . . .

A large number of questions raised in the discussion sessions at the various Krishi Melas this year pertained to the experience of the farmers with the new technology recommended by the agricultural scientists. A majority of the farmers complained that both in terms of physical yields and net economic returns, the new technology (particularly HYV wheat) has given much lower performance on their fields compared to the results (including those of the National Demonstracion Schemes) demonstrated at the Melas. The scientists' stock answer was that the relatively poor results were clue probably to the farmers' failure to use the inputs according to the recommendations. However, there could be many other reasons for the performance gap of the new farm technology in the two situations, such as : lack of uniformity in the accounting system followed by the two for estimating input costs, large number of constraints and uncertainties affecting input availability to the farmers (which are almost unknown to the operators of experimental farms), and the tendency to overstate and understate the achievements on the part of the scientists and the farmers, respectively. A farmer in one of the Mela discussions even went to the extent of accusing the scientists that they had been largely responsible for 'provoking' the government to set up the Raj Committee on Agricultural Taxation.

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