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Poverty and Farm Size in India: A Case Study

Prakash Mehta (Author) Anjala Kumari (Author)
Synopsis The main concern of the book is to find out the farm size of a hill state (Himchal Pradesh) and thereby determine the extent of poverty which prevails in that state. The work reveals that in real terms i.e. in terms of efficient working of farmers/cultivators in Himchal Pradesh, the farm size is too small to generate enough income and food. The poverty is confirmed from both nutritional and money-income angles. For arriving at the poverty level, the standards fixed by the Seventh Five Year Plan document are taken. A very simple analysis is applied to the data which is taken from Government publications, particularly Land Revenue directorate to Himchal Pradesh. Given the present level of the farm size and the technology adopted, it is expected that the poverty will persist and the subsistence level of farming will continue. As a correctional measure, capital formation is suggested as one of the ways out. It is expected that by effecting a small shift in the present cropping pattern, the farmers can generate capital and, thus, can improve their economic standards.
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About the authors

Prakash Mehta

Dr. Prakesh Mehta (b. 1941) did his M.Sc. (Agricultural Economics) from the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana in 1966 and Ph. D. (Economics) from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 1978. He is currently serving as Dy. Director (Planning) with the Directorate of Research, Himachal Pradesh Krishi vishwavidyallaya, Palampur Dr. Mehta has 21 years experience in research and teaching. He has published three books and several research papers in reputed national and international economic journals and has also a number of research projects to his credit.

Anjala Kumari

Ms. Anjala Kumari (b. 1959) is Documentation Officer with Indo-German Dholadhar Project (IGDP), being run by the Government of Himachal Pradesh. She did her M.Sc. (Agricultural Economics) from Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Plampur in 1984. She has published a number of research papers in national economic journals of repute.

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Bibliographic information

Title Poverty and Farm Size in India: A Case Study
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1990
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170991994
length xiv+153p., Figures; Tables; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.