Determinants of Agricultural Performance and Human Development: A Case Study of Barak Valley
Agricultural performance is composed of land fertility, marketing of the output, technology adoption and labour productivity which can promote human development through expansion of income, access to better amenities of life and sustainable livelihoods. On the other hand, human development is composed of wealth, education and health indices which expand the productivity of the farmers in the form of raising the skill of farming, giving access to modern technology, more market information, extension services etc. Their interlinked role is very important in the overall development of the region.
The present paper endeavours to discuss the determinants of agricultural performance and human development in Barak Valley. More specifically the role of social sector variables in agricultural performance and the role of agricultural variables in human development have been studied. The methodology used in the study includes collection of primary data from all agricultural subdivisions of the valley. Six representative ADO circles have been selected from all six subdivisions and two villages from each ADO circles i.e. 12 sample villages have been surveyed and a total of 450 farm households have been interviewed. Suitable performance indices, statistical techniques and econometric models have been applied to discuss the objectives of the study.
Keywords: Agricultural Performance, Human Development, Beta Distribution and Multivariate Model.
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