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2 ISSN Online ISSN Agricultural Economics Research Review [Journal of the Agricultural Economics Research Association (India)] Vol. 21 No. 1 January-June 2008 Research Articles CONTENTS Indigenous Technology and Agricultural Research System 1 Dayanatha Jha Artificial Neural Network Methodology for Modelling and Forecasting Maize Crop Yield 5 Rama Krishna Singh and Prajneshu A Study on the Performance of National Agricultural Insurance Scheme and Suggestions to 11 Make it More Effective S.S. Raju and Ramesh Chand Indian Seed System Development: Policy and Institutional Options 20 Harbir Singh, Prasoon Mathur and Suresh Pal Marketing System and Market Structure for Secondhand Tractors in Punjab 30 Karam Singh and P.S. Rangi An Assessment of Economic Losses due to Avian Flu in Manipur State 37 B. Ganesh Kumar, P.K. Joshi, K.K. Datta and S.B. Singh Energy Use and its Efficiency in Tamil Nadu Agriculture: A Case Study of Different 48 Groundwater Development Regions in Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu S. Gurunathan and K. Palanisami Impact of Grain Legume (Groundnut) on Energy and Nutritional Levels of Tribal Farm 54 Households in Koraput (Orissa) G. Govindaraj, M.S. Basu and N.C. Barik Comparative Advantage of India in Agricultural Exports vis-á-vis Asia: A Post-reforms Analysis 60 Shinoj P. and V.C. Mathur Farmers Coverage under Market Intervention Scheme in Karnataka P.K. Rajkumar, S.B. Mahajanashetti, H. Basavaraj, H.S. Vijayakumar and Y.N. Havaldar 67 Setting Research Priority for Livestock Sector in Gujarat 73 N.C. Das and K.A. Khunt Contd...

3 Contents contd... Technical Efficiency in North-Western Himalayan Region: A Study of 82 Himachal Pradesh Agriculture R.K. Sharma, S.K. Chauhan and Sonika Gupta Food and Nutritional Insecurity and its Determinants in Food Surplus Areas: The Case 91 Study of Punjab State R.S. Sidhu, Inderpreet Kaur and Kamal Vatta System Synergy of Farming System and Common Property Resources in Mountain 99 Regions: A Case Study of Himachal Pradesh M.S. Pathania, K.D. Sharma and Harbans Lal Economics of Sugarcane-based Farming System in Western Uttar Pradesh 109 S.P. Singh, B. Gangwar and M.P. Singh Impact of Shelterbelts on Net Returns from Agricultural Production in 118 Arid Western Rajasthan B.L. Gajja, Rajendra Prasad, R.S. Mertia, Khem Chand and J.S. Samra Research Notes Economic Evaluation of Peach Cultivation in North Indian Plains 123 L.S. Gangwar, Dinesh Singh and Goutam Mandal Export of Cucumber and Gherkin from India: Performance, Destinations, 130 Competitiveness and Determinants Nalini Ranjan Kumar, A.B. Rai and Mathura Rai Book Review 139 Workshop Proceedings 141 Barik, N.C. 54 Basavaraj, H. 67 Basu, M.S. 54 Chand, Khem 118 Chand, Ramesh 11 Chauhan, S.K. 82 Das, N.C. 73 Datta, K.K. 37 Gajja, B.L. 118 Ganesh Kumar, B. 37 Gangwar, B. 109 Gangwar, L.S. 123 Govindaraj, G. 54 Gupta, Sonika 82 Gurunathan, S. 48 Havaldar, Y.N. 67 Jha, Dayanatha 1 Authors Index Joshi, P.K. 37 Kaur, Inderpreet 91 Khunt, K.A. 73 Kumar, Nalini Ranjan 130 Lal, Harbans 99 Mahajanashetti, S.B. 67 Mandal, Goutam 123 Marothia, D.K. 139 Mathur, Prasoon 20 Mathur, V.C. 60 Mertia, R.S. 118 Pal, Suresh 20 Palanisami, K. 48 Pathania, M.S. 99 Prajneshu 5 Prasad, Rajendra 118 Rai, A.B. 130 (ii) Rai, Mathura 130 Rajkumar, P.K. 67 Raju, S.S. 11 Rangi, P.S. 30 Samra, J.S. 118 Sharma, K.D. 99 Sharma, R.K. 82 Shinoj, P. 60 Sidhu, R.S. 91 Singh, Dinesh 123 Singh, Harbir 20 Singh, Karam 30 Singh, M.P. 109 Singh, Rama Krishna 5 Singh, S.B. 37 Singh, S.P. 109 Vatta, Kamal 91 Vijayakumar, H.S. 67

4 Regd. No. F2 (A/67)/89 Statement of Ownership and other Particulars AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS RESEARCH REVIEW Form IV (See Rule 8) Place of Publication : New Delhi Periodicity of Publication : Half Yearly Printer s Name : Venus Printers & Publishers B62/8, Naraina Industrial Area Phase II, New Delhi Publisher s Name : Dr. P.K. Joshi Nationality : Indian Address : National Centre for Agricultural New Delhi Editor s Name : Prof. K.C. Hiremath Nationality : Indian Address : XI Cross Road, Nirmal Nagar Dharwad (Karnataka) Name and Address of Individuals : Agricultural Economics Research who own the newspaper and Association (India) partners or shareholders holding more than one per cent of the IARI, New Delhi total capital I, Dr. P.K. Joshi, hereby declare that the particulars given above are true to the best of my knowledge and belief. Sd/- (P.K. Joshi) Singnature of Publisher

5 AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (INDIA) OFFICE BEARERS Dr. S.S. Acharya Former Director President Institute of Development Studies (IDS) 8 B, Jhalana Institutional Area Jaipur (Rajasthan) Dr. Mruthyunjaya National Director, NAIP Vice President Krishi Anusandhan Bhawan II Pusa, New Delhi Dr. V.P.S. Arora Dean, CABM, G.B. Pant University of Vice President Agriculture and Technology Pantnagar (Uttarakhand) Dr. H.S. Vijay Kumar Professor Vice President University of Agricultural Sciences Dharwad (Karnataka) Dr. P.K. Joshi Director Secretary National Centre for Agricultural Pusa, New Delhi Dr. P. Kumar Former Professor Treasurer IARI, New Delhi Dr. B.C. Barah Principal Scientist Joint Secretary National Centre for Agricultural Pusa, New Delhi Dr. R.P. Singh Director Joint Secretary Amity School of Rural Agriculture and Management (ASRAM) Amity University, Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) Dr. T. Alagumani Professor Member Agricultural College and Research Institute, TNAU Madurai (Tamil Nadu) Dr. S.M. Mundinamani University of Agricultural Sciences Member Dharwad (Karnataka) Dr. R.S. Tripathi Central Soil Salinity Research Institute Member Karnal (Haryana) Dr. Virendar Kumar Associate Professor Member CSK Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University Palampur (Himachal Pradesh) Dr. A. Suresh Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute Member Avikanagar (Rajasthan) Dr. V.A. Thorat Member Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth Dapoli, Distt. Ratnagir (Maharashtra) Dr. R.P. Singh Chairman Member Birsa Agricultural University Ranchi (Jharkhand) Dr. S. Mandal ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region Member Umroi Road, Umiam Barapani (Meghalaya)

6 AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS RESEARCH REVIEW EDITORIAL BOARD Dr. K.C. Hiremath Former Professor, UAS, Dharwad Chief Editor XI Cross Road, Nirmal Nagar Dharwad (Karnataka) Dr. P. Kumar Former Professor Managing Editor Indian Agricultural Research Institute New Delhi Dr. (Mrs) Anuva Saikia Professor Member Deparment of Agricultural Economics Assam Agricultural University Jorhat (Assam) Dr. U.K. Pandey Professor Member CCS Haryana Agricultural University Hisar (Haryana) Dr. D.K. Marothia Professor & Head Member Department of Agricultural & Natural Resource Economics Indira Gandhi Agricultural University (IGAU) Raipur (Chhattisgarh) Dr. P.G. Chengappa Vice Chancellor Member University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore (Karnataka) Dr. R.L. Shiyani Professor and Head Member Gujarat Agricultural University Junagadh (Gujarat) Dr. Suresh Pal Principal Scientist Member National Centre for Agricultural Pusa, New Delhi Dr. Karam Singh Former Director, AERC, PAU Member 42-G, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana (Punjab) Dr. V.C. Mathur Head Member Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi Dr. K. Palanisamy Director (CARD) Memebr Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) Dr. R.C. Agrawal Former Professor Foreign Member Weisswasserweg 47 D Berlin (Germany) Dr. Suresh Babu Senior Fellow Foreign Member International Food Policy Research Institute Washington, DC , USA

7 Regd. No. F2 (A/67)/89 Agricultural Economics Research Association (India), IARI, New Delhi About the Association Agricultural Economics Research Association (India), a registered society which came into being in 1987, has on date more than 580 life members, 50 ordinary members, 90 institutional members and 15 honorary life members from India and abroad. The mandate of the Association is to promote the study of agricultural economics in particular and socio-economic problems in general. The Association has been regularly publishing a six-monthly research Journal Agricultural Economics Research Review since Besides refereed research articles, comprehensive review articles in the area of agricultural economics (including horticulture and fisheries), conference/symposia proceedings and book reviews are also published in the Journal. To encourage the young researchers, abstracts of M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses in agricultural economics are also published in the Journal. The Association has been successfully organizing national conferences regularly on topical policy issues, the proceedings of which have been published. The Association undertakes sponsored research studies. Over the years, the Association has attained a wide visibility and professional credibility. The official journal of the Association, namely, Agricultural Economics Research Review has been highly rated by National Academy of Agricultural Science, New Delhi. Address for Correspondence: Secretary Agricultural Economics Research Association (India) National Centre for Agricultural Dev Prakash Shastri Marg Pusa, New Delhi , India Webpage: Printed at Venus Printers and Publishers, B-62/8, Phase II, Naraina Industrial Area, New Delhi Phone: , Mobile: