Socioeconomic constraints to legumes production in rice-wheat cropping systems of India uri icon


  • Despite lower cost of production and higher output prices of legumes, theirprofitability has remained too low in comparison with rice and wheat.Even if the existing subsidies on fertilizers and electricity for irrigationare withdrawn, it was shown that the rice-wheat cropping sequenceremains most profitable. Inclusion of legumes in the system helped inconserving the natural resource base, particularly soil fertility andgroundwater, but at the cost of profit, food grain production, andunemployment of fixed resources. The prime need is to break the existingyield barriers of legumes and design innovative policies on risk andresource management

publication date

  • 2000