ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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BANGLADESH- Long Haul to Agrarian Reform

December 15, 1973 BANGLADESH Long Haul to Agrarian Reform Salil Sanyal BANGLADESH has a geographical area of 35.3 million acres, out of which, according to official data for 1965-66. 22.3 million acres were under cultivation. The intensity of land-use was as high as 96 per cent. The intensity of cropping was as much as 137 per cent, taking into account the multiple cropped urea. Agriculture, in fact, used to contribute about 58 per cent of the Cross Domestic Product in the erstwhile East Pakistan. Yet, studies made so far of Bangladesh's agrarian structure have ignored analyses of size of holdings, tenancy, land utilisation, employment of family labour, etc. While a review of such aspects is esseaitial for an understanding of the agrarian structure, in absence of any current data, we have to fall back upon the fairly exhaustive data given in the "Report on the 1960 World Census of Agriculture, Census Results by Countries" by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN.

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