Agricultural Land use Changes in India

By: Staff Reporter

New Delhi, Feb 11 (GnY News Service): Agricultural land converted to non-agricultural uses is often seen as a sign of development. But, a state-wise survey proves that a unit increase of land under non-agricultural use has no obvious bearing on a corresponding increase on the output from these sectors. Neither can we see obvious returns in many states that have lost agricultural land, since, often, benefits from the land in one place flow out to places other than where the land conversion has taken place. Under these circumstances, there is little rationale for the conversion of agricultural land for ‘development.’

Sucharita Sen, Associate Professor, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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