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Commercial Agriculture in Kerala after the WTO


  • Brigit Joseph

    (Brigit Joseph is ICSSR Doctoral Fellow, CSRD, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 110 067, and Assistant Professor, Kerala Agricultural University, College of Agriculture, Thiruvananthapuram. E-mail:

  • K.J. Joseph

    (K.J. Joseph is Visiting Senior Fellow, RIS, New Delhi, and Professor Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram. E-mail:


The agricultural sector of Kerala, after prolonged stagnation resulting from increased production cost and declining profitability inter alia on account of rising wages, has adapted its crop structure to focus on less labour-intensive commercial crops. Such a structural change in the region's agricultural sector has coincided by the formation of the WTO and the new trading environment for agricultural commodities. Against this background, this article seeks answer to the following: has the restructuring effort by Kerala agriculture to salvage itself from the ‘high-cost syndrome’ been thwarted by the new trading environment resulting from the WTO?

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  • Brigit Joseph & K.J. Joseph, 2005. "Commercial Agriculture in Kerala after the WTO," South Asia Economic Journal, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, vol. 6(1), pages 37-57, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:soueco:v:6:y:2005:i:1:p:37-57

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