Agriculture in India


    INDIA nowadays is rarely without its Commission, and these follow one another in rapid succession. The most recent one reporting is the Royal Commission on Agriculture,1 which has been at work for the past two years, somewhat overshadowed latterly by the Simon Commission. The short title is rather misleading, for the terms of reference cover much wider ground: these include the “present position of agricultural and rural economy in India,” and the Commission is asked to make “recommendations and to promote the welfare and prosperity of the rural population.” Specifically mentioned besides agricultural and veterinary practice, are agricultural statistics, better crops and improvement in practice, dairy farming and breeding of stock, as well as methods of transport and marketing, agricultural finance and credit. But the intention of His Majesty's Government is perhaps more clearly indicated by the composition of the Commission, which includes no member of the Indian Agricultural Service.

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    Agriculture in India. Nature 122, 134–135 (1928).

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