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

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WTO and Viability of Indian Agriculture

The experience of the 1990s clearly demonstrates that far from trade liberalisation dampening the performance of agriculture, the lack of public investment and effort has been responsible for failure to benefit from trade liberalisation by stepping up and diversifying agricultural output in a cost-effective way.

Don't Forget the Tortoise!

 Indian Agriculture: Four Decades of Development by G S Bhalla and Gurmail Singh; Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2001; pp xiv+ 309, Rs 450.

Subsidies and Support in Agriculture

The WTO agricultural package on domestic support and export subsidies provides for complex classification of support and subsidies for agriculture, some of which are totally exempt from reduction commitments. This classification favours developed countries, which are able to maintain a high level of support for agriculture. Developing countries should press for combining all forms of support for agriculture and seek reduction in total support in order to attain a level playing field.

Phases of Change

A Rice Village Saga - Three Decades Green Revolution in the Philipnies by Yujiro Hayami and Masao Kikuchi; Internatonal Rice Research Institute; Barnes and Noble 2000;

Preparing for Doha WTO Meeting

The upcoming WTO ministerial meeting at Doha will be considered to have been of benefit to developing countries if negotiations lead to cogent steps towards achieving a balance between liberalisation and particular development requirements. Third world countries will do well to forge broad alliances and workable coalitions.

Air Pollution, Farming Systems and Livelihoods

Recent field evidence from some villages in Haryana substantiates documented findings from the world over about the impact of air pollution on agriculture and livelihoods.

Is Small Industry Ready for a QR-Free Regime?

The removal of quantitative restrictions (QRs) in April 2001 on over 700 items is likely to have significant implications for Indian industry. There will be dislocations in some of the highly protected sectors. The small-scale industry in India must brace itself for the challenges ahead.

Tractor Purchase and Utilisation

With some 20 per cent of the country's tractors operating in Punjab, tractorisation is more common there than in any other part of the country. Answers to questions pertaining to tractor use and tractor economics could therefore be sought from a study of mechanisation on Punjab farms.

Miles to Go

The Nehru era is gone, something else must take its place and something is aborning, however unconscionable the time taken by it.


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