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The Changing Profile of Indian Agriculture

Surinder Sud (Author)

Roughly half of India's population lives off agriculture with most of them eking out a marginal existence. This reality clearly necessitates change, particularly as the momentum of the green revolution has been lost with stagnation, even crisis, setting in.

How will this change come about?

The answer, Surinder Sud argues methodically and with ease, lies in thinking of agriculture beyond the wheat-rice and cotton-tobacco framework. The future rests in diversifying into higher value crops, adopting yield-enhancing modern farm practices and better technological inputs, gaining efficient access to new markets-in short, a completely new paradigm.

Surefooted from decades spent reporting on the subject, Sud provides a comprehensive analysis of Indian agriculture from the time of the much-feted green revolution to the present-and, crucially, charts the path to the future. From irrigation and fertilizer to innovative farming practices, from credit and infrastructure to farmer distress, from marketing and pricing to climate change, from poultry and rabbit farming to horticulture and floriculture-this book provides a fresh construct for agricultural growth. Written in a simple, jargon-free style, The Changing Profile of Indian Agriculture is an essential read for anyone interested in Indian agriculture.

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About the author

Surinder Sud

Surinder Sud is a veteran journalist who has been reporting and analysing developments in the agriculture sector since 1972. An alumnus of the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, he has worked as the agriculture correspondent of the Financial Express and the Times of India for many years; he has been associated with Business Standard since 1993, first as the agriculture editor and subsequently as associate editor. He has won several awards, including the Ch. Charan Singh Award for Excellence in Journalism in Agricultural Research and Development.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Changing Profile of Indian Agriculture
Author Surinder Sud
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.06.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher BS Books
Language: English
isbn 9788190573559
length x+241p., Tables; Figures; Index; 22cm.