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

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Changes in the Cropping Pattern in Kerala-Some Evidence on Substitution of Coconut for Rice, 1960-61 to 1978-79

Some Evidence on Substitution of Coconut for Rice, jeemol Unni This paper examines shifts in cropping pattern in Kerala over the past two decades It appears that garden-land crops (particularly coconut) have been gaining at the expense of wet-land crops (particularly paddy). Crop area data are, as discussed by the author, inadequate in some respects, but the broad con- elusion of a shift in cropping pattern holds even when the data inadequacies are accounted for. Also examined are the technical possibilities of substitution of coconut on paddy-growing lands.

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