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Farm Productivity in Punjab, Pakistan: Patterns, Determinants and Implications

Maqsood Aslam

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Abstract: This study assesses farm productivity patterns, determinants and implications in Punjab, Pakistan by using farm-level data for 2003-04 and 2007-08. It is observed that farm productivity declined by 50 per cent from 2003-04 to 2007-08, which, in turn, led to decrease in farm income by 27.5 per cent, while off-farm income was increased. The results reveal that determinants like seeds, fertilizers, irrigation and labour contributed positively and significantly to productivity in both periods. Surprisingly, land contributed negatively to productivity in the second period, and this can be explained by the increase in land value. This study recommends that the farmers should be supplied quality farm inputs timely at reasonable prices along with the provision of effective extension services to boost productivity and thus income and savings of farm households of Punjab.

Date: 2019
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Published in Rivista internazionale di scienze sociali, 2019, 127 (1), pp.67-84

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