Rural Development in Punjab: A Success Story Going Astray by Autar S. DhesiRural Development in Punjab: A Success Story Going Astray by Autar S. Dhesi

Rural Development in Punjab: A Success Story Going Astray

EditorAutar S. Dhesi, Gurmail Singh

Hardcover | January 12, 2007

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For many years, agricultural development in Punjab symbolised one of the most successful experiments in rural development. However, this success story seems to be going astray. The crux of the problem, this volume suggests, is that externally driven modernization to meet national food needs pushed Punjab into highly specialized production of wheat and rice, resulting in over-utilisation of natural resources with adverse environmental consequences that jeopardizing the long-term viability and sustainability of the agrarian economy. Stagnating productivity, reduced farm size, falling household incomes, depleting groundwater resources, are only a few of the problems that characterise Punjab's agriculture today.

The book establishes clearly that rural development implies more than transformation of traditional agriculture. Apart from ensuring efficient use of limited resources to sustain agricultural production, rural policy should encompass promotion of non-farm activities, investments in social and economic structure and civic amenities.

Autar S. Dhesi is Professor of Economics, now retired. He taught at Guru Nanak Dev University for several years, as also at Coventry University where he is at present Honorary Visiting Research fellow, Coventry Business School.Dr Dhesi was UGC Visiting Professor of Economics at Punjabi University, Patiala, and Consultant to the World B...
Title:Rural Development in Punjab: A Success Story Going AstrayFormat:HardcoverDimensions:536 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 1.3 inPublished:January 12, 2007Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415456819

ISBN - 13:9780415456814


Table of Contents

1. Introduction Section 1: Rural Development: An Analytical Frame  2. Rural DevelopmentAutar Dhesi  3. Crisis in Punjab Agriculture G.S. Kalkat Section 2: Agriculture: Development and Challenges 4. Development of Agriculture and Allied Sector in PunjabRamesh Chand  5. Challenges to Punjab's Agriculture in the Post-reform EraR.S. Siddhu, A.S. JoshiandA.S. Bhullar  6. Contract Farming for Agricultural and Rural Development.Sukhpal Singh  7. Agricultural Modernisation and Rural TransformationGurmail Singh  8. Agricultural R&D in Punjab: Addressing the Emerging ChallengesPrasoon Mathur, Harbir Singh, A.K. JhaandSuresh Pal  9. The Status of Agricultural Research in Punjab: Imperative for RejuvenationVikram Chadha  10. Agro-Forestry and Agricultural Diversification: A Case for Crop-Tree IntegrationH.S. DhaliwalandA.S. Bhullar Section 3: Water Resources: Issues and Responses 11. Depleting Ground Water: Causes and Remedial MeasuresG.S. Hira  12. Water Resources Potential and Land Use SustainabilityLakhvinder Singh  13. Watershed Development in Punjab: A Profile of Project BenefitsRachhpal SinghandKashmir Singh  14.The Integrated Watershed Development ProgrammeUpendra NathH Roy Section 4: Agro-Industrial Development 15. The Agro-Industrialisation of Punjab: Needs, Performance, PotentialGurmail Singh  16. Integrated Development of Farm Forestry Potential and Wood Based IndustriesPiare Lal  17. Bio Fuels, Future FuelsP.K. Gupta, A.K. Jain, N.K. Khullar, K.L. KalraandG.S. Kochar Section 5: Human Resource Development 18. Human Resource Development and Inclusive GrowthS.S. Johl  19. Public Expenditure on Education: An EvaluationJaswinder Singh Brar  20. Health Services in Punjab: A Rural PerspectiveSukhvinder Singh and Sucha Singh Gill  21. Population Growth: The Experience of Punjab and KeralaSwaran Singh  22. State and Rural Development: A Case StudyManjit Singh  23. The Effectiveness of Self-employment generation programmes in Rural Punjab: A Case StudyBalbirSinghandJanak Raj Gupta Section 6: Diaspora and Rural Development 24. Overseas Punjabis and Rural DevelopmentAutar S. Dhesi  25. Evaluating the Potential Contribution of the Punjabi Diaspora to Rural DevelopmentShinder S. Thandi  26. The Punjabi Diaspora's Impact on Punjab's Economy and SocietyDarshan S. Tatla  27. The Contribution of Non-Resident Indians to Rural Development: Constraints and PossibilitiesRaghbir S. Basi  28. Modern Approaches to Village SanitationGurdev S. Gill