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Profitability of Pakistan's Agriculture



    (Department of Farm Management)


    (University of Agriculture, Faisalabad)


The population of Pakistan reached the figure of 97.7 million in 1985-86. Growing at the current rate of 3.1 percent per annum, it would be over 144 million by the turn of this century. Under the pressure of such population growth, the demand for primary products would increase by a sizeable margin. An idea of this alarming situation can be formed from the projected requirements of wheat which have been estimated to be 22 million tons by the year 2000. To meet this expected demand for wheat, its production should increase by 70 percent of the existing levels, which means an annual yield growth rate of over 4.5 percent. But in the past thirty-five years i.e., during 1949-50 to 1984-85 it has grown at the rate of 2.53 percent per annum only. Supplies of other basic essentials would also be required to be increased by a similar margin to meet their increased demand.

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  • Bashir Ahmad & Ali Muhammad Chaudhry, 1987. "Profitability of Pakistan's Agriculture," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 26(4), pages 457-469.
  • Handle: RePEc:pid:journl:v:26:y:1987:i:4:p:457-469

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    1. M. Ghaffar Chaudhry & Ghulam Mustafa Chaudhry & Muhammad Ali Qasim, 1996. "Growth of Output and Productivity in Pakistan’s Agriculture: Trends, Sources, and Policy Implications," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 35(4), pages 527-536.
    2. M. Ghaffar Chaudhry & Munir Ahmad & Ghulam Mustafa Chaudhry, 1999. "Growth of Livestock Production in Pakistan: An Analysis," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 38(4), pages 605-614.

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