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Role of Agricultural R&D Policy in Managing Agrarian Crisis in India


  • Kumar, Sant
  • Mittal, Rashi


The study has revealed that agricultural research and development (R&D) has potential to offer long-term solutions to the problems of Indian agriculture. With the changing environment and supply-side constraints, the role of R&D has become more important. This realization alongwith past performance of agricultural R&D has convinced the government to commit a significant proportion of its resources for developing appropriate technologies. The ICAR-SAUs system has come out with a number of improved agricultural technologies for major agro-climatic conditions. The paper has provided a list of some of these technologies, which are capable of making farm operations easy, provide savings in resources, reduce production losses, improve product quality and increase shelf-life of products, etc. These technologies eventually provide higher availability of quality foods and higher farm income, including maintaining productive capacity of agro-ecosystems. Since some of the new technologies are information-intensive, the role of ICT has become more important alongwith empowerment of farmers with scientific know-how.

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  • Kumar, Sant & Mittal, Rashi, 2009. "Role of Agricultural R&D Policy in Managing Agrarian Crisis in India," Agricultural Economics Research Review, Agricultural Economics Research Association (India), vol. 22(1).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aerrae:57387

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