Contents: 1. Role of agriculture in Indian economy. 2. Agriculture systems--an overview. 3. Irrigation and agricultural development. 4. Issues related to agriculture. 5. Agriculture and rural development. 6. Extension strategy in technology transfer in agricultural. 7. Indian agriculture towards sustainable development. Index.
"Agriculture is considered as backbone of Indian economy. It refers to the art of raising plant life from the soil, useful for mankind. It is the most important among all primary human occupations and is carried out throughout the world, where natural environment allows them to do. In India, more than 70 per cent of the population depends upon agriculture. Agriculture provides food crops like rice and wheat, natural raw materials like cotton, sugarcane and rubber and many other products like milk, fruits and vegetables. The type of crops, the methods of farming and the amount of yield varies from place to place depending upon the number of geo-economic factors.
In this book, an attempt has been made to investigate the trends in agricultural growth and development, and to study main characteristics of agriculture in Indian economy. An attempt has also been made to study cropping pattern, production and productivity, input use and yield levels and adoption of technology, which includes modernisation and mechanisation in agriculture, and to examine factors responsible for sustainable growth. It has been sought to suggest measures for further strengthening agriculture in Indian economy." (jacket)