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Growth and Fluctuations in the Output of Major Crops in Pakistan, 1950-51 to 1979-80

Mahmood Khan and Ahmad Siddiqui
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Mahmood Khan: United Bank Limited, Karachi.
Ahmad Siddiqui: United Bank Limited, Karachi.

The Pakistan Development Review, 1982, vol. 21, issue 2, 149-158

Abstract: Srnce the crop environment in Pakistan is still greatly influenced by the vagaries of Nature, it is important to separate this effect from the true process of crop growth. Attempts to capture the large random fluctuations from the trend line by using a single variable for weather are not fruitful at all. In the absence of a composite index of weather, the indirect method used in this study allows identification of normal and abnormal years, which can then be used for forecasting or even insurance (planning) purpo ses.

Date: 1982
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