Geographia Polonica (1983) vol. 46

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A typology of agriculture: The Indian experience

Jasbir Singh

Geographia Polonica (1983) vol. 46, pp. 49-70

Abstract

Kostrowicki (1976) has emphasised that agriculture as a whole should not be considered as a simple sum of its components but as a phenomenon of highly inter-related processes. Individual patterns made up of intricate and complex factors can at best be compared with each other on the basis of their common attributes or characteristics. Thereafter, multifeatured agricultural units can be grouped into a type according to similarities in their inherent characteristics. Out of the various inherent characteristics that form any agricultural type, one can distinguish the so-cial, production, operational and structural problems which are the most signi-ficant in a given situation. Such scientific investigations, by making use of geogra-phical thinking, mathematical models, and cartographic techniques will ultimately pave the way for the formulation of national (state) regional plans for the deve-lopment of the agricultural economy based on past and present experiences.

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Jasbir Singh, Department of Geography, Kurukshetra University, Haryana, India