July 2004

Agricultural Planning and Information Bank (APIB):Information services for the farmers

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Indian farmers have to reckon with numerous variables in the agriculture system. Some of them namely, land and water resources, labour, seeds etc. are under his control whereas the price of produce, pesticides, fertilisers, power, weather and climatic change are beyond his means to manage them. Farmers are more concerned about the choice of crops/varieties that are appropriate for the changing weather and climatic conditions and more conscious about site-specific crop management so that the input costs are minimal and less risky. Farmer needs information and advice on these aspects. There are other players in the agricultural sector

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