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Using Cost of Cultivation Survey Data

Changing Challenges for Researchers

This paper offers a critical discussion of the rich source of information on farm-level data, the Cost of Cultivation Survey datasets, collected by the central and state governments. The paper also analyses a recent proposal to modify the schedules and mode of collection of data and concludes with a few specific suggestions on collection, documentation and dissemination.

preparation of his PhD thesis (Nawn 2012) that had used the CCS dataset for West Bengal of 2004-05. The author wishes to thank the members of the CCS scheme at BCKV, Kalyani and Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi, and in particular, D Ghosh and D C Joshi, for the assistance in exploring the alleys and by-lanes of CCS dataset. Sincere thanks are due to Abhijit Sen for the motivation; and to A Vaidyanathan and Prudhvikar Reddy for comments on an earlier draft. The usual caveats apply, needless to say.

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