Indira Devi

Indira Devi
Kerala Agricultural University,Thrissur,India · Department of Agricultural Economics

PhD

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June 2013 - April 2020
Kerala Agricultural University
Position
  • Managing Director
Description
  • Dr.. P.Indira Devi was the Professor of Agricultural Economics and Director of Research at the Kerala Agricultural University, India . She was also holding the position of the Head of the Centre of Excellence in Environmental Economics. She was the head of the Institution of ,Academy of Climate Change Education and Research, of the University .
Education
March 1993 - May 1999
Forest Research Institute Dehradun
Field of study
  • Forest Economics
September 1981 - September 1983
Kerala Agricultural University
Field of study
  • Agricultural Economics
September 1977 - September 1981
Kerala Agricultural University
Field of study
  • Agriculture

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Publications (38)
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Global consumption of agrochemicals continues to rise, despite growing evidence of their adverse effects on environmental quality and human health. The extent of increase varies across nations, by type of chemical compounds and by severity of the detrimental impacts. The differential impacts are largely attributable to the level of technology adopt...
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The chapter presents three case studies on resilienceResilience initiatives adopted by communities in response to water scarcityWater scarcity and severe floodsFlood exacerbated by climate changeClimate-Change in the southern Indian state of Kerala. The post-flood managementFlood management strategies undertaken by farmer collectives supported by a...
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Article attempts to employ choice experiment model for evolving a scientifically designed and socially acceptable management plan for the mangroves of Kerala
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Organic farming has been receiving policy support from both the central and state governments in India since 2005. The shift in policy thrust from conventional chemical-input based farming to organic farming comes as a response to the sustainability concerns surrounding Indian agriculture. Despite this, organic farming remains niche, with less than...
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The Government of India aims to double farm incomes by 2022. A mechanism of payment for ecosystem services, which would compensate farmers for the value of the non-market agroecosystem services they produce, would address the issues of farm income and the deep ecological crisis in agriculture. This strategy would be within the fiscal ability of the...
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The work was done in lease land farming in Pineapple.. The study is on management differences between own land farmers and lease land farmers..
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The legal systems across India differ with respect to tenancy and some states legally permit the leasing, a few allow leasing with restrictions and a few like Kerala legally ban leasing. However, leasing exist in the country in concealed form or informal way. The lease farming in Kerala is done primarily by four types of farmers' viz. SHGs/JLGs/, i...
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Paying farmers for ecosystem services that they provide could be a novel way to achieve multiple goals of doubling the farm incomes, reduce rural-urban migration, reduce pressure on urban infrastructure, and at the same time, incentivise sustainable agrarian practices in India.
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Though Kerala is considered as a water rich state, the data on well water levels shows that the depth from ground to well water level is increasing across the state. Management of declining groundwater resources includes improving resource availability and practicing optimum use thorugh increasing access of resources. A field level study was conduc...
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Mangroves are invaluable treasure of our biodiversity with immense ecological and economic significance. The study was conducted in the mangrove areas of Ernakulam and Kannur districts of Kerala. These two districts accounted for nearly 65 per cent of the mangroves of the state. The study was based on primary and secondary data. The primary data wa...
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Lease land farming is legally prohibited in most parts of India, including Kerala. Even then the system is widely practiced, in an informal way. This study analyses the present structure and dynamics of lease land farming, focussing on the lease farming in pineapple. The study was conducted in the Muvattupuzha Block Panchayath of Ernakulam district...
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Bio-fertilisers (BF) and bio-control agents (BCA) are the biotechnological interventions tried to improve crop production and protection for sustainable agricultural development. This paper based on a study, conducted in the state of Kerala, depending both on primary and secondary data, analyses the consumption pattern and farmer responses to the t...
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Despite the fast strides of economic development, there are stakeholders who still depend on the traditional knowledge for their livelihood options. The mangroves, which are reported to be declining at a very fast rate, are a natural ecosystem which provides life support to dependent population along the coastal lines. This paper analyses the level...
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Mangroves are invaluable treasure of our biodiversity with immense ecological and economic significance. Despite its important role in maintaining the ecological balance and providing livelihood for the local communities, mangroves do not receive the conservation attention or effort that it deserves. The erroneous description as 'waste land' along...
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Mangroves are invaluable treasure of our biodiversity with immense ecological and economic significance. Despite its important role in maintaining the ecological balance and providing livelihood for the local communities, mangroves do not receive the conservation attention or effort that it deserves. The erroneous description as 'waste land' along...
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Using the stochastic production frontier approach, the technical efficiency of splint and veneer industry of Kerala was analysed. Ailanthus triphysa, Bombax ceiba and Melicope lunu-ankenda (Gaertn.) are still the main raw material species. But the demand of rubber wood as an alternate raw material is now rising. The mean technical efficiency (TE) o...
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The supply shortages of labour and the resultant high wages are regarded as one of the major reasons for the poor performance of agricultural sector in Kerala. This paper has to looked into the labour-use pattern in rice farming in the state, based on the secondary data for a period of 28 years, from 1980-81 to 2007-08. The paper has analysed the l...
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Risk management in agriculture is often producer-centered. It encompasses the risks associated with price and supply management of inputs, and products as well as technological and climate risks. It, in general, ignores the other stakeholders' risks. As nearly 60 per cent of people in countries like India depend on agriculture, the health risks fac...
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This paper analyses the pesticide use pattern in agriculture and associated management system in Kerala. The recent declining rate in total consumption of pesticides is not a sign of relief as the use of harmful chemicals is rising. The pesticides used in agriculture include chemicals, which are banned and those suggested for restricted use only. T...
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This paper has looked into the concept of value chain system in a different perspective, viewing capacity building of farm workers similar to human resource development. The agricultural sector, which was agricultural labour surplus has become labour deficit due to its migration to non-agricultural sector for better employment and higher income. On...
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The farm workers, small and marginal farmers and women, who are the most exposed owing to occupational factors, neglect the health hazards of pesticide exposure due to either lack of awareness and/or due to financial reasons. Kuttanad is a low-lying area near the coast of Kerala, India, with a total population of 1.4 million. Rice fields in Kerala...
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The level of awareness regarding pesticide use/ handling has been reported in the farms of Kerala and the same has been compared with the adoption pattern and experiences of health risk episodes, in a society with high level of literacy. The understanding on various aspects of pesticide-use has revealed better awareness in certain aspects and poor...
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This paper try to see whether farms under Agro-advisory services have better economic efficiency in resource use, compared to their counter parts. The data for the paper is drawn from the project "Economic Impact Assessment of Agrometeorological Advisory Services on Different Crops". The Cobb Douglas functions were fitted taking output and income f...
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The pesticide use in Kuttanad, India, an ecologically sensitive area often referred to as the rice bowl of Kerala is examined. Using primary data collected from pesticide applicators and farm labor, the study assesses short-term health costs associated with pesticide exposure. The study finds that the toxicity level and dose of pesticides can exert...
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This study examines pesticide use in Kuttanad, India, an ecologically sensitive area often referred to as the rice bowl of Kerala. Using primary data collected from pesticide applicators and farm labor, the study assesses short-term health costs associated with pesticide exposure. The study finds that the toxicity level and dose of pesticides can e...
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Irrigation sector investments in Kerala have been mounting since Independence, but the financial performance of these investments has been far from satisfactory. In an era of growing divergence in water supply and demand, the emergence of water markets is imminent. This calls for a realistic pricing strategy for water use, whether in agriculture or...

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The study aims to document and understand the existing practices of organic farming in Kerala, so that scope of scientific refinement can be explored. It also aims to compare the economic and environmental viability and relative advantages of each practice along with chemical based farming and to identify the constraints in large scale adoption of organic farming and finally to develop a guide/ road map for promotion of organic farming in Kerala