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Today, India is one of the largest producers of oilseeds in the world and this sector occupies an important position in the agricultural economy.Rajasthan state occupies a prominent place in the oilseeds production of India. The important oilseed crops of the Rajasthan state are groundnut, soyabean, rapeseed & mustard, sesamum and taramira. The growth pattern of these crops in the state has been prone to risk over time and across the agro-climatic regions because of the rainfall behaviour, prolonged drought-periods,limited water-resources and facilities available in the state Undersuch a situation, growth performances of these crops are subjected tohigh degree of risks in the sector. Therefore, it is important to describe thegrowth pattern of area, production and productivity, factors affectingacreage allocation under crops and magnitude of instability as well as itssources in major oilseeds crops of Rajasthan state. The fluctuating yieldhas been seen for almost all the oilseeds crops. However, the area andyield instability of the mustard crop has been found declining overtimeplausibly because of increase in irrigation facilities, location-specifictechnologies and better input management. However, this needs to befurther strengthened for improvement in the overall agricultural scenario.The acreage of the crops has been found to be governed by both priceand non-price factors. Hence, price incentive alone has not been found tobe the sufficient in bringing the desirable change in the cropping patternas well production of crops. Hence, a policy for better implementation ofsupport price system, development of consistently performing varietiesand further enhancement of irrigation facilities will go a long way to ensurestability in the Rajasthan agriculture. To compel the large yield variability,it is advisable to the farmers to avail benefits of crop insurance scheme.

Subject(s): Agricultural and Food Policy

Issue Date: 2005

Publication Type: Journal Article

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/58465 Published in: Agricultural Economics Research Review, Volume 18, Conference Number Page range: 115-134

Total Pages: 19

Record appears in: Agricultural Economics Research Association (India) > Agricultural Economics Research Review

Agricultural Economics Research Review

Author: Jain, Praveen Kumar ; Singh, I.P. ; Kumar, Anil

Source: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/58465?ln=en

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