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

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Hybrid Rice in Tamil Nadu

Nine years after release of the first rice hybrid, its adoption rate in Tamil Nadu was found to be too meagre and scattered to measure its impact. The present study aimed at documenting farm-level insights into why hybrid rice has not made a dent on the rice sector in Tamil Nadu. Results show that there was not much progress made over the past decade in terms of developing farmer-acceptable rice hybrids and achieving the higher yield gains through hybrid rice under farmers' field condition in Tamil Nadu.

Revisiting Agrarian Bihar

Social Power and Everyday Class Relations: Agrarian Transformation in North Bihar by Anand Chakravarti; Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2001; pp 311, Rs 525.

What Ails Kerala's Economy:A Sectoral Exploration

The `Kerala model' of development has been facing a serious crisis due to low growth, high cost, low productivity, low investment and low employment in the state economy. This paper analyses the performance of major sectors of the state economy, such as agriculture, industry and the financial sector, during the past two decades and brings out the problems they confront. The paper highlights the lack of a development strategy in Kerala for growth and employment generation.

Agriculture, Employment and Social Sector Neglected

The 2003-04 Budget fails to address the major problems of agriculture, employment generation and the social sector.

Our Agrarian Future

This paper highlights the extant and the emerging role of agriculture in the Asian region by reviewing the past performance and postulating the conditions for sustainable growth. In the first section, attention is drawn to the initial conditions impacting on the pace and pattern of economic growth. In the second section, the performance of agriculture is reviewed on well established parameters, bringing out the pattern of growth witnessed during the last two decades or so and discussing the exogenous and endogenous factors responsible for changes in this sector. The third section takes a medium-term view of the likely changes in the demand and supply conditions affecting Asian agriculture and the economic environment it is likely to face. In the fourth and final section key issues which have ramifications for achieving a sustainable and humane development in the region are outlined.

Agricultural Land Use in the Plains of Assam

The three aspects of agricultural land use examined here relate to extensive cultivation, intensive cultivation and underutilisation of cultivable lands.

Bt Cotton: Farmers' Reactions

A field study in Andhra Pradesh elicited the views of farmers in two districts in the state on the efficacy of Bt cotton in withstanding pest attacks, use of pesticides, compliance with government norms, and farmers' willingness to continue with cultivation of Bt cotton in the coming seasons.

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