An Economic Analysis of Crop Diversification and Its Determinants in Bihar Agriculture

9 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2017

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Nasim Ahmad

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University

Krishna M. Singh

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University

D. Sinha

Dr Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University

Amlendu Kumar

Dr Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University

Date Written: July 14, 2017

Abstract

The nature and extent of crop diversification in the state of Bihar has been analyzed using secondary data obtained from different publish sources of Govt. of Bihar from 2000-01 to 2014-15 i.e. a period of 15 years. Composite Entropy Index (CEI) and double log step-wise linear regression model was applied to assess the determinants of crop diversification in the state. The results have revealed that in almost all crops group very low diversification indices were observed. The study has suggested that despite plenty of natural resources available in the state, the economic improvement of farmers is in infancy. Prerequisite infrastructural facilities like cheap sources of irrigation water (assured irrigation as the monsoon in the present decade had been erratic and scanty rainfall) and extension of technological know-how (quality seeds and fertilizers) may act as catalyst in diversification of agriculture towards high-valued crops. These developmental efforts may be helpful in fetching good incomes by the cultivators.

Keywords: Diversification, Economic Analysis, Entropy Index, Determinants of Diversification

JEL Classification: Q1, Q11, Q15

Suggested Citation

Ahmad, Nasim and Singh, Krishna M. and Sinha, Dhruv and Kumar, Amlendu, An Economic Analysis of Crop Diversification and Its Determinants in Bihar Agriculture (July 14, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3052110 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3052110

Nasim Ahmad

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University ( email )

Pusa
Samastipur
Bihar 848125
India

Krishna M. Singh (Contact Author)

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University ( email )

Pusa
Samastipur
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India
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Dhruv Sinha

Dr Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University ( email )

Samastipur, Pusa
Samastipur
Bihar, Bihar 848125
India

Amlendu Kumar

Dr Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University ( email )

Samastipur, Pusa
Samastipur
Bihar, Bihar 848125
India

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