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

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BIHAR-Elite Uses of Minority Status

 rats in the field for which they are paid something between 30 and 50 paise per rat, their livelihood is quite closely allied to the existence of a rodent problem. This is one reason why the benefits to the farmer from control overstate the social benefits; another, perhaps a more substantial reason, is the ability of rats to migrate.4 Reduction of losses due to rodents is not of much social value if the control method merely results in the rats migrating to a neighbour's field with only a minimal reduction in the rodent population.5 The only effective method of alleviating the rodent problem is on a communal basis. A control programme is just being started in Hyderabad district by the Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University in collaboration with Agricultural extension officers and pan- chayat officials. The programme, per- Jps rather ambitiously, is designed to cover the whole district within the next year and it will be of great significance if this experimental project establishes that the high degree of co-operation and co-ordination required, right down to household level, is in fact obtainable.

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