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Sustainable Agriculture in Fragile Resource Zones: Technological Imperatives

N. S. Jodha
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 26, No. 13 (Mar. 30, 1991), pp. A15-A19+A21-A26
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4397463
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

The prospects of sustainability for agriculture in the fragile areas are severely constrained by the specific features of their natural resource endowments. Sustainability, or rather survivability, in a situation of low pressure on resources was possible through traditional land extensive practices. In the changed circumstances with high pressure on fragile resources, the required high resource use intensity (for high productivity) with conservation is not possible through traditional measures. This requires application of modern science and technology blended with the rationale of indigenous practices. Various areas of focus for R and D are indicated to achieve this. Any progress in the suggested direction, however, will depend on the reorientation of agricultural research strategies to suit the specific requirements of these areas. This in turn is largely an institutional rather than a technological problem.

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