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

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SOUTH-Decisive Economic Factors

fixed after taking the cost of inputs into account. Higher procurement prices in the coming season are therefore considered certain. And to that extent, the farmers' lobby has scored a point Meanwhile, the reported fall in the per acre yield of wheat has been causing concern. Punjab's Development Minister, Rattan Singh, claims that experiments on Ludhiana farms (which in recent years have shown a record wheat output) suggest no fall in yields. 'Progressive' fanners, however, have contended that, owing to the failure of the authorities to supply the right type of seeds in time, there has been a fall in the per acre yield of wheat. Renewal of even the best variety of seeds is necessary after every three years. This has not been done at most places. Consequently, the yield has not been commensurate with the increase in wheat acreage. Fears are also being expressed of rapid soil impoverishment following the exhaustion of its nutrients. The Green Revolution, it is argued, stands threatened.

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