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Economic Affairs
Year : 2015, Volume : 60, Issue : 4
First page : ( 699) Last page : ( 706)
Print ISSN : 0424-2513. Online ISSN : 0976-4666.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0976-4666.2015.00098.4

Benchmarking Farmers’ Economic and Social Status in Anantapuramu and Kurnool Arid Districts of Andhra Pradesh for Probable Introduction of Potato Crop

Rana Rajesh K.1,*, Arya Sushma2, Kumar Sanjay3, Singh B.P.3, Adinarayana G.4, Kumar Shalander5, Quiroz R.6, Kadian M.S.2

1ICAR–National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, DPS Marg, Pusa-110 012, New Delhi, India

2International Potato Centre, CWSA, DPS Marg, NASC Complex, New Delhi-100 012, India

3ICAR-Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla-171 001, HP, India

4Agricultural Research Station, DCMS Building, Kamala Nagar, Anantapuramu-515 001, Andhra Pradesh, India

5International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru–502 324, Telangana, India

6International Potato Centre, Apartado, 1558, Lima 12, Peru

*Corresponding authors: rkrana2004@yahoo.com

Online published on 29 January, 2016.

Abstract

India has experienced rapid growth in potato production during recent past and the country has almost doubled its potato production during 2003–2013. The potato productivity improved 31.4% over this period of time. However, potato production scenario in southern states of India is quite grim and with the result potato consumers of these states always have to purchase potatoes at very high prices compared to the national average prices. With the objective to augment potato production in southern states this study was carried out for analysing socio-economic characteristics of potential potato growers in non-traditional Anantapuramu and Kurnool districts of arid region in Andhra Pradesh. A long list of socio-economic factors viz. education level, occupation pattern, house condition, tractor ownership, food security level, access and affordability to civic amenities, children's education type, possession of household amenities, expenditure pattern and level of mechanization adoption were studied in this study so that most suitable area for potato introduction may be identified.

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Keywords

Anantapuramu, arid zone, Kurnool, poverty, socio-economic characteristics.

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