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Tenancy and Resource use Efficiency in Agriculture

B.N. Banerjee (Author) M.M. Islam (Author)
Synopsis Resource use and land productivity has long been one of the most debated and controversial issues. Discrepancy in classification of farms limits the comparability and generalized conclusions. Tenurial status i.e. the ownership of cultivated land, affects the land productivity but has been a neglected aspect in this field of research. The present work thus examines the possible relationship between ownership of land, resource endowment, resource utilization and productivity. There was no significant difference in cropping pattern between different tenurial groups, the lower cropping intensity and lower yield associated with leased-in land compared to owned land irrespective of tenurial group accounts for low productivity. The hypotheses of “ no significant difference in land productivity” between different tenurial groups are not acceptable in the study area. The findings of this work do not support the view of Prof. Rudra that the owner-cum-tentants do not distinquish between owned land and leased-in-land in the matter of resources use; intensity of cultivation and land productivity, while the present results imply that ownership of land has significant bearing on resources use and productivity and thus disproves the “equal efficiency” schol’s thought and confirms the “Marshalian line” of argument. The divergence between existing and optimal net returns clearly demonstrates the scope of increasing net returns through optimal and reallocation of resources on owner-cum-tenant and pure tenant farms. While the pure owner farms have reached the near optimality level, the reallocation of land under various crops rotations will leave no surplus resources and increase net returns marginally. The present work suggests strong Panchyat based village communities. It pleads that Panchayats be empowered and entrusted to enlist the tenants and to distribute thefarm requisites irrespective of ownershig of land.
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About the authors

B.N. Banerjee

Dr. B.N. Banerjee (b. 1945) did his M. Sc. (Ag.) from Banaras Hindu University and Ph. D. in Agricultural Economics from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi in 1974. He worked for nearly one year in Switzerland Embassy, New Delhi as Economic Consultant. Now for more than ten years he is on the permanent, teaching staff of Biddan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya. Kalyani (W.B.) where he is cultural Economics and guides research scholars for their Ph.D. work. He has more than 20 research, publications in various Internationally abstracted journals. He is a life member of Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, Bombay.

M.M. Islam

Dr. Md. Mafizul Islam (b. 1955) passed B.Sc. (Hons). In Agricultural) Economics (1976) and M.Sc. In the some subject (1977), from the Bangladesh Agricultural University, standing first class first in both. He obtained Ph.D. degree from Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyala, Kalyani (W.B.) IN 1985. He is currently serving as Agricultural Economist in Bangladesh Rice Institute, Joydebpur (Bangladesh). He is the author/ co-author of a number of publications on his favourite subject viz. Agricultural Economics.

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Title Tenancy and Resource use Efficiency in Agriculture
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1987
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170990213
length xiv+179p., Figures; Tables; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.