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                                                         gricultural research, with good extension back-up, can play a key role in the
                                                         attempts to double the farmers’ income by 2022. It is a welcome step, therefore,
                                                  Athat the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and state agricultural
                                                  universities, along with Central and state agencies, have developed a strategy document
                                                  to achieve the goal. As is well known,  Indian farm scientists have played a pivotal
                                                  role in the country’s agricultural development, which began with the launching of the
                                                  Green Revolution in the mid-sixties.
                                                  Commending the strategy document, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh,
                                                  who was addressing a conference of Vice-Chancellors of state agricultural universities
                                                  and Directors of ICAR in New Delhi, expressed confidence that its implementation
                                                  would go a long way towards achieving the prosperity of the farming community.
                                                  According  to  available  figures,  India  has  about  138  million  land  holders,  of  which
            Chief editor
            S. Jafar Naqvi                        about 85 per cent farmers are marginal –owning up to one hectare --and small – one to
                                                  two hectares. It is this vulnerable section that needs maximum attention.
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            T.V. Satyanarayanan                   ICAR’s research activities and its technology transfer efforts have led to many success
                                                  stories, and among them the Minister singled out  Integrated Farming System (IFS) as
            Chief Co-ordinator
            M.B. Naqvi                            one ideally suited to augment the income of marginal and small farmers. Among other
                                                  things, the IFS models –there are different models to suit different climatic zones and
            editorial Co-ordinator                regions – help the farmers to tackle the problem of climate change as well. There are
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            Mohd. Iqbal                           and marginal farmers was initially tried out in recent past in 42 villages of Barabanki
                                                  and  Raebareli  districts  of  Uttar  Pradesh.  These  villages  constituted  67  per  cent  of
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            Pune: 9881137397                      A performance survey showed that the average annual income of landless farmers
                                                  increased from Rs. 14,750 to Rs 88,560 and of marginal farmers from Rs 26,500 to Rs.
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             farm machinery and the like, which was not possible earlier; Drop-out school children,
                                                  because of  financial constraints, were re-admitted.
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            single Copy Cost for overseas : us$10  especially small and marginal farmers. There needs to be a shift to demand-driven
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