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Women-Shaky Evidence

Agricultural Prices Unanswered Questions FOLLOWING the Long-Term Fiscal Policy and the 'discussion paper' on Administered Price Policy, the government has now come out with a statement on 'Agricultural Price Policy: A Long-Term Perspective'. The government's "Economic Survey, 1985-86" had identified relative prices of different crops as "perhaps the most significant" among the factors influencing the cropping pattern. Noting that the "emerging distortions in the cropping pattern can no longer be ignored", the Economic Survey had called for "a rational price structure ... for both inputs as well as output in order to bring about a desired change in the cropping pattern". In his speech presenting the budget for 1986-87, the finance minister had announced that the minister of agriculture had already initiated work on a long-term price policy for important crops in consultation with agricultural experts and scientists. The document placed before parliament on November 13 by the agriculture minister presumably presents the outcome of these labours.

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