I have been visiting farms and agriculture universities for four decades. My first such visit, to the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) in the 1960s, is still green in my mind. Set up on the pattern of the US land grant universities, then Chief Minister Pratap Kairon liberally endowed PAU with land and funding. Academics were encouraged to interact closely with farmers and work together on continuous improvements in farm techniques and productivity.
There were two vital triggers for the green revolution in the 1960s.Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, who invited C Subramaniam to handle agriculture, provided the first. The severe drought of successive years 1965 and 1966 resulted in a steep fall in the output of foodgrains from 89.36 million tonnes to 74.23 million tonnes in just two years. CS arranged massive import of wheat, ar
Scientific agriculture is just another name for precision farming. More than ever, the stagnating Indian agriculture needs all the scientific tools to boost its productivity that is struggling with fatigued green revolution technologies.
The Modi-Jaitley duo has been incredibly lucky. The 60 per cent fall in crude prices is the single most important factor for effecting corrections in fiscal administration. They could not have come at a better time for them.
It is 250 days since Narendra Modi took charge of the Central government. The adversarial nature of Indian polity did not leave much scope for a honeymoon. The usual bickerings accusations, one-upmanships and other divisive issues like secularism and Hindutva, surfaced in quick time.
The Union Government of India on 17 December 2012 lowered down the growth projection for the current financial year 2012-13 from 7.6 percent that was estimated earlier to 5.7-5.9 percent. The projection was showcased in the Mid-Year Economic Analysis. Where was this Mid-Year Economic Analysis tabled?
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