First published in 1985. The need to increase agricultural output and to use increased output to generate sustained general economic development is a problem facing many Third World countries. This book explores in particular the agricultural growth of the Punjab in Northern India, a country which has long been a leader in the formulation of new development strategies. It shows how agricultural output is affected by, and affects, demographic changes, income distribution, state involvement and structural changes both in society and the economy.
Agricultural growth in the Punjab is seen in an historical perspective. In addition, the different aspects of economic development are viewed in an integrated way so that much is learned about the contribution of agricultural growth to the development process. The conclusions drawn can be related to problems and trends worldwide.
Tables and Figures; Preface; 1. Introduction 2. Growth of Agricultural Output and Inputs 3. Infrastructure and the Role of the State 4. Demographic Transition in Punjab 5. Product and Factor Markets in Rural Punjab 6. Income Distribution, Poverty and Levels of Living 7. Growth and Structure: Emerging Patterns 8. Agriculture and the Development Process; Appendices; Glossary; Bibliography; Index