Agriculture is the back bone of Indian economy. It provides significant support for economic growth and development of the country. India is a world’s largest agrarian economy. Now only 52 per cent of workforce is engaged in agriculture sector. It is also seen that the investment in agriculture sector is recording increasing trends. In this era of globalization, liberalization and privatization the significance of agri-business management and rural development has been well recognized and the investment in these sectors has been increasing regularly by the big business houses and the Government. As a result of this employment opportunities in rural areas are increasing and workforce migration to urban areas is also declining. Central/State Governments are running a number of programmes aiming at agricultural and rural development, and alleviation of poverty from rural areas. Small and marginal farmers are getting better opportunities to have better price for their produce as agro-food processing industries are sharply coming up in the country.
The present book “AGRI-BUSINESS AND RURAL MANAGEMENT” has dealt with great clarity, the various implications of Agri-Business Management and Rural Management. This volume of books incorporates 183 articles/research papers contributed by scholars who belong to different Universities, Colleges and Institutions including some contributors from foreign countries. The contributors have presented their views analytically are connected with the different aspects of Agricultural Business and Rural Management. The papers contributed for this volume have been grouped in different Sections such as: 1. Food Security and Food Processing, 2. Agricultural Development and Environment, 3. Rural Development and Management, 4. Agricultural and Rural Marketing, 5. Special Economic Zones, 6. Cooperatives, Dairy, Poultry and Weaving Industry, 7. Bio-Technology Business Management, 8. Contract Farming and Farming System and 9. Tourism and others. Surely this book will be quite useful for policy makers, researchers, academicians, bankers, NGOs and all those who directly or indirectly are connected with agri-business and rural management.
Rais Ahmad (b. 1958), holds M.Com, M.Phil., Ph.D. from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh and FDPM (IIM-Ahemdabad), worked as Professor in Management Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi during 2005-06 and in the same period Visiting Professor in MBA (Evening Programme), Faculty of Engineering and Technology, JMI, New Delhi and presently Chairman, Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. He is a keen researcher and has published a good number of research papers/articles in professional journals of repute, and published 13 books and out of these eight edited books are in three parts each. Presently he is engaged in UGC Major Research Project on Micro-Finance. He has attended a good number of National and International Conferences. He is life member of All India Accounting Association, member of Indian Commerce Association, All India Economic Association, and Agricultural Marketing Association.
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