CONTENTS:- 1. History of agriculture in India. 2. Agriculture and rural developments. 3. Productivity growth in Indian agriculture: the role of globalization and economic reform. 4. Accelerating agricultural growth. 5. Objectives, strategy and perspective of development. 6. Public sector Plan : resources and allocations. 7. Employment perspective. 8. Implementation, delivery mechanism and institutional development. 9. Cooperative federalism and decentralization. 10. Special area programmes. 11. Poverty alleviation programme.
Several wild cereals, including rice, grew in the Vindhyan ills, and rice cultivation at sites such as Chopani Mando and Mahagara, may have been underway as early as 7000 BP. The relative isolation of this area and the early development of rice farming imply that it was developed indigenously. Chopani-Mando and Mahagara are located on the upper reaches of the Ganges drainage system and it is like that migrants from this area spread rice farming down the Ganges Valley into the fertile plains of Bengal and beyond into South East Asia.