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Factors Affecting Cotton Production in Pakistan:Empirical Evidence from Multan District

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  • Anwar, Mumtaz
  • Chaudhry, Imran Sharif
  • Khan, Muhammad Bashir

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This paper attempts to examine the factors affecting cotton production in Multan region using primary source of data. A sample of 60 small farmers, 25 medium and 15 large farmers was randomly selected from two Tehsils namely Multan and Shujabad of district Multan. The Cobb-Douglas Production Function is employed to assess the effects of various inputs like cultivation, seed and sowing, irrigation, fertilizer, plant protection, inter-culturing / hoeing and labour cost on cotton yield. The results depicted that seed, fertilizer and irrigation were found scarce commodity for all category of farmers in district Multan. The Cobb-Douglas Production Function results revealed that the coefficients for cultivation (0.113) and seed (0.103) were found statistically significant at 1 percent level. The Cost-Benefit Ratio for the large farmers was found higher (1.41) than that of small (1.22) and medium (1.24) farmers. There is a dire need to ensure the availability of these scarce inputs by both public and private sectors as these inputs were major requirement of the cotton crop.

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  • Anwar, Mumtaz & Chaudhry, Imran Sharif & Khan, Muhammad Bashir, 2009. "Factors Affecting Cotton Production in Pakistan:Empirical Evidence from Multan District," MPRA Paper 22829, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:22829
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    1. Kamarudin Othman & Amir Hussin Baharuddin, 2015. "The total factor productivity in strategic food crops industry of Malaysia," Asian Journal of Agriculture and rural Development, Asian Economic and Social Society, vol. 5(5), pages 124-136, May.

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    Keywords

    Cotton; Cobb- Douglas Production Function; Cost Benefit Ratio; Marginal Value Product; Allocate Efficiency of Critical Inputs; Multan District; Pakistan;

    JEL classification:

    • D10 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - General
    • D61 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Allocative Efficiency; Cost-Benefit Analysis

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