The Subsidy Syndrome in Indian Agriculture

The Subsidy Syndrome in Indian Agriculture

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Author: Ashok Gulati
Sudha Narayanan/
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 297
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0 19 5662067


The debate over agricultural subsidies has been thrust to the forefront of discussions on India’s economic reforms with the signing of Uruguay Round Agreement, now devolving on the WTO. This book examines the issue from various angles in order to move the reform process forward.

It provides a detailed discussion of:

The constituents of agricultural subsidies

India’s stand regarding support to agriculture

The magnitude of product specific and non-product specific support

Temporal behavior and spatial spread of input subsidies

The relative importance of fertilizer, power, and canal subsidies

The real beneficiaries and those who would actually bear the burden of adjustment

Consequences of phasing out subsidies, and

Price and institutional reforms and lessons for India

The authors suggest policy measures to ensure efficiency in the use of resources, equity in the distribution of gains, and environmental sustainability in agricultural operations.

The book will be immensely valuable to policy-makers, planners, researchers, and analysts in organizations such as the WTO and the World Bank.


List of Tables and Figures

List of Abbreviations

Scope of the Study

India in a Global Setting

Fertilizer Subsidies

Power Subsidies

Irrigation Subsidies

Input Subsidy and Its Implications for Policy



Annexes Tables

Name Index

Subject Index