Why farmers adopt certain technologies but leave out others (Hindustan Times)

The Hindustan Times published an article authored by IFPRI research fellow Avinash Kishore on the decision-making processes Indian farmers commonly utilize when determining whether to adopt new technologies. Kishore considers two primary hurdles to the diffusion of innovative agricultural technologies: poor communication of science to farmers and reliance on subsidies to promote adoption. He writes, “More effective communication of science to farmers and rationalization of farm subsidies…can be started by a small group of policy makers and technocrats, rather quickly, to create a huge impact on sustainable intensification of agriculture in India.”

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