Indian Agriculture Industry

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The establishment of the Indian Society of Agriculture Economics was done in December 1939 which constituted a landmark in the progress in the study of agricultural economics in India . In its establishment very much notable role was played by the late Lord L.K. Elmhirst, who was the then founder-President of the International Conference (now Association) of Agricultural Economists and by Dr. T.G. Shirname. Among the distinguished persons who usually occupied the post of President of the Society in its formative years were the late Sir Malcolm Darling and Sir T. Vijayaraghavacharya.

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But it was left to Sir Manilal B. Nanavati mostly to infuse it with a sense of purpose and direction. It was during his Presidentship which covered a period of 17 years from 1943 to 1959 that the Society acquired its present status and stability. The Society is registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and the Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950.

The aim of this Society was initially limited to promoting mainly the investigation, study, and improvement of the economic and social conditions of agriculture and rural life. With the expansion of the scope and focus of the Society's work, the Constitution was amended in 1963, 1969, 1975 and 1992. The objectives of the Society now been defined as "to promote the study of social and economic problems of agriculture and the rural areas and also to promote technical competence for teaching and research in agricultural economics and allied subjects."

These objectives are sought to be achieved by:
  • (a) undertaking, organising, and co-ordinating research in problems of agricultural economics and rural development and maintaining a research library and documentation centre;

  • (b) holding periodical conferences and seminars and training courses;

  • (c) publishing books, reports, papers or summaries of papers either separately or collectively, or in a periodical which may be issued under the auspices of the Society;

  • (d) co-operating with other institutions having similar objectives such as the International Association of Agricultural Economists, the Indian Economic Association, etc.

  • The Society's membership consists of six categories:

  • (a) Donor members,

  • (b) Honorary members,

  • (c) Llife members,

  • (d) Annual members,

  • (e) Institutional members,

  • (f) Corporate members,
Members are usually who are interested in the economic and social progress of agriculture and rural life. As on December 2010, there were 1644 members comprising 39 donor members, 1050 life members and 555 institutional, corporate, and ordinary members. The members get the Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics of the Society free of cost and other publications either free or at concessional rates.

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