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

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Socio-Political Factors and Agricultural Policies

The concept of 'trade-off' between growth and improved distribution is used not only to rationalise and perpetuate the prevailing unequal distribution of agricultural land but also to justify the intensive use (per acre) of scarce inputs like fertilisers and water on large farms and in the developed regions when the social product would be greater by spreading such inputs relatively thinly over a larger number of farms in a wider area. In view of their greater capacity to invest and bear risk, large farmers and the developed regions intensify the use of such inputs producing less than socially optimum output.

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