There was a time when it was said that the Indian budget was a gamble on the monsoons.


Poor people of the world depend on rice, and rice is in short supply

India co ordinator of irri, talks to Down To Earth, on India s role in the new rice research order

Indian agriculture is coming free of the traditional mandis, with the spread of credit to farmers, involvement of the corporate sector and futures commodity exchanges

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During the 1970s, major policy debates on the role of mechanisation in agricultural and rural development in south Asia took place; by the early 1990s, such debates had largely faded. Yet today, countries such as Bangladesh possess some of the most productive, mechanised and labour-intensive agricultural industries in south Asia.

Apart from launching a joint initiative in agriculture for an