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Year: 2019 | Month: December | Volume 6 | Issue 2

Efficiency under Integrated Farming Systems – A Review

Pawan Kumar Sharma Sudhakar Dwivedi R.K. Arora Vipal Bhagat Chamanpreet Kour and Mohit Sharma


The increasing cost of agricultural production coupled with issues of World Trade Organization is threatening the existence of marginal and small farmers in India. One could imagine the survival of Indian agriculture, especially for small and marginal farmers through the adoption of Integrated Farming Systems (IFS) on scientific lines. Traditionally, farmers in India had been practicing integrated system of farming. But, now there is a need to popularize scientific IFS models among farmers to tackle the present agricultural situation in India. However, the success depends upon the understanding of input-input and product-product relationships. The farmers are more vulnerable in selecting the right choices, owing to misunderstanding on whether the two outputs have complementary, supplementary or competitive relationships. There may be other reasons that are restricting the large scale adoption of IFS models by farmers under different agro-ecosystems. The studies on farming system enterprises, associated synergies and economic efficiency revealed higher returns and economic sustainability under integrated system of farming. The studies have also highlighted many constraints faced in the adoption of integrated farming system which needs government interventions so as to realise better economic returns from agriculture, besides higher social benefits.

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