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Agricultural Economics Research Review
Year : 2017, Volume : 30, Issue : conf
First page : ( 45) Last page : ( 58)
Print ISSN : 0971-3441. Online ISSN : 0974-0279.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-0279.2017.00021.0

Relationship between Crop Diversification and Farm Income in Odisha — An Empirical Analysis§

Basantaray Amit Kumara,*, Nancharaiah G.b

aDepartment of Economics & Public Policy, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala-176 206, Himachal Pradesh

bSchool of Economics, University of Hyderabad, Gachibowli, Hyderabad-500 046, Telangana

*Author for correspondence Email: amiteco@gmail.com

§This paper has been developed from an yet to be submitted PhD thesis of the first author to the University of Hyderabad

JEL Classification: Q100, Q12, Q15

Online published on 20 November, 2017.


This paper has examined the extent and pattern of crop diversification and its impact on farm income across all the districts of Odisha. The determinants of crop diversification have been identified. Using the NSSO data, the study has found three districts, namely Anugul, Jharsuguda, and Balangir, to be highly diversified districts and the average farm income in these districts is significantly higher than in both moderately and least diversified districts. The medium farmers are the most diversified category of farmers in two out of the three highly diversified districts. The marginal farmers are the most diversified category of farmers in one highly diversified district. On the basis of regression analysis, the study has found that SC households in Odisha are less diversified in comparison to other households and higher the extent of irrigated land, lower is the extent of crop diversification.



Crop diversification, farm income, irrigation.


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