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Pattern of Agricultural Diversification in India


  • Brajesh Jha


  • Nitesh Kumar
  • Biswajit Mohanty


Agricultural diversification as measured by increase in the percent of non-food crops has grown; whereas diversification as measured by the concentration indices has remained unchanged in the recent decade. There have been significant changes in the pattern of agricultural diversification at the regional level. Within a region, smaller sub-regions or pockets of specialization in certain crops and crop-groups have emerged. Farms do not remain diversified and the usual notion of crop diversification as a risk management practice is also belied in the present study. The study also found certain kind of structural changes in all sub-sectors of agriculture : crop, livestock, and fisheries. Concerns over extreme effects of such changes are however, not valid.

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  • Brajesh Jha & Nitesh Kumar & Biswajit Mohanty, 2009. "Pattern of Agricultural Diversification in India," Development Economics Working Papers 22923, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:eab:develo:22923

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    1. R. W. Fraser, 1990. "Producer Risk, Product Complementarity And Product Diversification," Journal of Agricultural Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 41(1), pages 103-107.
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    agricultural diversification; Agriculture Analysis; India; non-food crops; crop; livestock; and fisheries;

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    • Q16 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy
    • Q10 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - General


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