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Analysis of Farmer Suicides in Kerala

The agrarian crisis and farmers' distress in Kerala are closely linked to the neoliberal policy regime implemented in the country in the recent past. The association between the two is more in the regions of the state that are heavily dependent on export-oriented crops such as coffee and pepper. The worst affected are the small farmers, as they are more vulnerable to crop losses and price declines. Unless the plight of farmers is addressed in terms of changing the macro-policies regulating taxes, prices and imports, the condition of the farmers cannot be improved on a sustainable basis, either by increasing the availability of institutional credit or providing some alleviatory sops to the victims of suicide families.

Some Implications of Area Choice in the Operation Flood II Programme

Operation Flood II Programme Surendar Singh R K Sharma This study highlights some important implications of the choice of areas of operation for implementing the Operation Flood II programme.

IADP with Its Halo

IADP with Its Halo R K Sharma Third Report on the Intensive Agriculture District Programme of the Expert Committee on Assessment and Evaluation; Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Community Development and Co-operation (Department of Agriculture), September 1967 ; pp 77 ; price not mentioned.

Voting Pattern in the Fourth General Election

In the 1967 elections, Haryana was one of the very few States where Congress was able to improve its position. In both the Vidhan Sabha and Parliament, Congress's share of the votes polled and seats won went up. The Jan Sangh emerged as the main rival to the Congress; and next to it Independents gained the most. The group of Left parties contested a larger number of seats than in 1962, but polled fewer votes and failed to win any seat.

The Package Programme An Appraisal

While there are signs that in some areas the Package Programme is developing along the lines initially defined, these signs are not evident in all the districts nor are they uniform within particular districts.

The Package Programme An Appraisal

The Package Programme has been an important part of the development effort in Indian agriculture for more than five years. The genesis of the Programme is too well known to merit a detailed discussion. In summary, it arose out of the belief that by the mid-1960's, the gap between consumption needs and production was in danger of widening to a critical extent and that a more intensive programme, in which inputs and efforts would be concentrated on areas with potentially high response, was at least a part of the answer to this problem. Hence the selection of the seven original IADP districts to be followed at a later date by nine more districts.Over the period of operation of the programme, agricultural production on a national scale has been disappointing.It is, therefore, appropriate to examine the Programme in terms of its past achievements and potential for the future. 

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