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Research Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry
Year : 2015, Volume : 7, Issue : 2
First page : ( 91) Last page : ( 94)
Print ISSN : 0975-2331. Online ISSN : 0975-4385.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0975-4385.2015.00015.1

Economic Analysis of Cropping Pattern in Different Farm Size: A Case Study of Madathukulam Block of Tiruppur District

Dr. Tholkappian C.*

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Periyar University College of Arts and Science, Mettur Dam, Salem, Tamilnadu

*Corresponding Author E-mail: myctkappian@gmail.com

Online published on 29 October, 2015.

Abstract

This article mainly focused on cropping pattern in different farm size: a case study of Madathukulam block of Tiruppur district in Tamil Nadu. Relevant field data have been collected from cropping pattern in different farm size for one crop year. The survey period was reported as normal agriculture year (2010–11). Three stage stratified random sampling technique was adopted to select the block, villages and cultivators of Madathukulam block in Tiruppur district. The stages of agricultural development i.e., traditional intermediate or modern in the study area would be worthwhile to consider the distinction among them. A traditional stage implied a way of living rather than a business proposition where production was subsistence oriented. The produce being mainly intended for family consumption. The input used in such situation i.e., crop varieties, seed, labour, fertilizer etc., was chosen mainly on the basis of what the farmer and his family likes and owns. In these circumstances, there was very little of market orientation or consequences of prices cost and returns. At the other extreme, a modern agriculture would imply careful selection of enterprises, crop varieties, fertilizers and pesticides by procuring them largely from the market. The bulk of the produce in such a case has to be sold in the market at a profit in order to obtain cash needed for purchasing inputs from the market. In modern agriculture, necessarily there was evidence of selectivity and careful decision making.

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Keywords

Agriculture, Cropping, Farm Size, Enterprise, annual crop.

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