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Is Fixed Price Contract a Viable Option for Farmers?

This paper explores the economics of contract versus non-contract potato farming in West Bengal, India, using primary data collected from a household survey of 263 farmers (2021–22 potato season). While proponents of contract farming argue that fixed prices and secure markets provide farmers with better returns, this study shows that non-contract farmers actually obtained much higher farm investment income (`42,413.63) per acre than contract farmers (`9,703.94). Without any significant differences in yield and production costs, the higher open market price (`1,458) per quintal benefits non-contract potato farmers despite production loss, while the fixed price in contract farming (`1,106) leads to significantly less farm returns for contract potato farmers.

Education in the Age of Market Reforms

Education and Economics: Disciplinary Evolution and Policy Discourse by Saumen Chattopadhyay (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 2012, pp 334, Rs 750.

Trends in Agricultural Wages in India

This paper examines the trends in agricultural wages in India from 1964-65 to 1999-2000, using data from Agricultural Wages in India and Rural Labour Enquiry, after dealing with the limitations of the AWI data. The trends show that there was a slowdown in the rate of growth of real daily wages of male and female agricultural labourers in more than half of the districts in the sample in the 1990s. Earlier, there was a striking rise in the growth of daily real earnings across all states between 1983 and 1987-88. Second, there was a rising trend in the variations in real wages across districts in the 1990s. Third, the differences between the average wages of male and female agricultural labourers have widened over the years. Fourth, the daily wages of male agricultural labourers exceeded the minimum wage levels in most states, while those of women were below the minimum in most states.

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