Hierarchy of Agricultural Functions: A Study of Production and Marketed Output in Purnia (North Bihar, India)
There may be a situation for classes of peasantry whereby a peasant-cultivator of a specific class location may not even make both ends meet. A peasant may be in debt. It may not be the net returns for a peasant of this class but the gross yield, which he/she may be seeking to maximize with the burden of debt allowed to be accumulating. In such circumstances, it is clearly futile to reduce all operators to the status of the profit maximizers. It is worth arguing that there cannot logically and realistically be a uniform technology adopted by the peasantry, who are differentiated on the basis of inequality in the resource endowments and land ownership base. In such a circumstance, the minimization of deviations from the average relation between inputs and output characterizing the least-square method of regression analysis to derive a production function is anti-thesis of the differentiation of peasantry. All the operators are not to be assumed to be uniformly profit-maximizers and a uniform technology may not posited to be accessible to all classes of peasantry. It is therefore posited that there are bound to be logically a hierarchy of production functions rather than a unique aggregate function in the agriculture. A unique production function is best suitable for a cross-section of uniformly controlled experimental farms, but not the diverse class of actual farms possessed by differentiated peasantry. What is true of an agricultural production function is equally true of a marketed surplus function. What must not be debatable is the assertion that there is logically a possibility of a hierarchy of marketed surplus functions on the divergent peasant farms of the differentiated peasantry in the district of Purnia in north Bihar, India.
|Date of creation:||2010|
|Date of revision:||2013|
|Contact details of provider:|| Postal: |
Web page: http://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de
More information through EDIRC
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:52597. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Ekkehart Schlicht)
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.