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

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WEST BENGAL- Financial Squeeze

 research started showing its impact (through Bombay Dry Farming System, etc). Since then only after a lapse of about three decades the dry farming areas (excluding the arid zones) again received the specific attention of the government when AICRPDA was initiated with the help of the Canadian government to generate new technologies to cover nearly 100 million hectares of cultivable land in the rainfed areas. Incidentally, one of the major reasons for failure to make a breakthrough in dry farming technology is that this activity has never been taken seriously in the past. The dry farming areas had neither lobby to pressurise the establishment nor the professional attraction to induce scientists to work on their problems. Hence apart from lower priority in financial allocations, dry farming research seldom attracted high caliber scientists. Scientists on their own never opted for this field because the agrocliniatie environment severely constrained the scope for quick results. In a number of cases, the establishment used dry farming research as a punishment ground and transferred 'undesirable' elements to this area. Thus the area less favoured by nature were also less favoured by research establishments. Recent developments such as the declaration of dry farming areas as a priority sector and international effort to help these areas have helped increase the research establishments' concern for these areas. However, if the closure of agrocco- nomic units is any indicator this concern may not be very deep.

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