Acta Scientific Agriculture (ASAG)(ISSN: 2581-365X)

Research Article Volume 7 Issue 11

Evidence for Land Fragmentation and Awareness Around Agricultural Cooperatives

Areeba Masroor*

MSc Food and Agribusiness Management, Audencia Business School, France

*Corresponding Author: Areeba Masroor, MSc Food and Agribusiness Management, Audencia Business School, France.

Received: April 05, 2023; Published: October 05, 2023

Abstract

Small landholders face numerous problems in their daily life in India today namely, lack of access to financial credits and uneven access to technology in different regions of the country [1] and “limited procurement of food grains by the government institutions, and its failure to provide proper remunerative prices” are some of the pressing issues faced by small landholders. Along with this, the average size of Indian agricultural lands is much smaller compared to other grain-producing nations around the world.

Previously available literature argues three main factors for boosting land fragmentation in India – “the law of inheritance of paternal property, the absence of a progressive tax on inherited land, and underdeveloped land markets [2].

Land fragmentation might, however, according to the previous literature available also “drive untoward crop diversification, which may act as a risk-reducing strategy, especially in areas suffering from labor scarcity, natural disasters, and successive droughts.” The majority of farmers in the country complain about irregular rainfalls, and draughts, which lead to the loss of a certain percentage of crops cultivated each year. The objective of this research study is dual-faced – on one hand, it aims to confirm the practice of land fragmentation in India and what small farmers think about this increasing trend. Secondly, the research strives to understand the small-holding farmers’ understanding of cooperative societies and their demands and suggestions for a good functioning agricultural cooperative in their respective geographical regions. Last but not least, the business problem attempted to solve through this study includes the loopholes in the functioning of the existing cooperative society in respondents’ villages and the gaps between the literature and the study’s findings around the presence and acceptance of cooperative societies in Uttar Pradesh, a state in the north of India.

Keywords: Evidence; Land Fragmentation; Awareness; Agricultural Cooperatives

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Citation

Citation: Areeba Masroor. “Evidence for Land Fragmentation and Awareness Around Agricultural Cooperatives". Acta Scientific Agriculture 7.11 (2023): 05-25.

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Copyright: © 2023 Areeba Masroor. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.




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