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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2017, Volume : 5, Issue : 6
First page : (1597) Last page : (1603)
Article doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.5123

Labour Scarcity – Its enormity and Influence on Agriculture

Gunabhagya1*, Amrutha T. Joshi2, Vijaya B. Wali3 and Lokesha H.4
Ph.D Scholar, 2Professor, 3Assistant professor, 4Professor
Department of Agricultural Economics
University of Agricultural Sciences (Raichur) Karnataka
*Corresponding Author E-mail: guna811@gmail.com
Received: 3.07.2017  |  Revised: 10.08.2017   |  Accepted: 14.08.2017  


Today agriculture labour has become the most important component in Indian agriculture. little less than half of the total cost of production of field crop is of labour. The proportion of agricultural workers to the total workers has been declining over the years, while the corresponding ratio in the secondary and tertiary sectors is on the rise. Pursuant to this, following impacts have been predominantly noticed in agriculture in recent years: reduction in crop yield, reduction in cropping intensity and changes in traditional cropping pattern. This study throws a light on the effect of labour scarcity on physical and economic labour scarcity and effect of labour scarcity on productivity of selected crops of the district. The study revealed that, extent of raising one hectare of paddy crop in Koppal district, a total of 126 person days of labour service was required, of which only 73 mandays was available and a shortage of 53 mandays (42.06%) was observed. It was further observed that raising one hectare of cotton in Raichur district required 140 mandays of labour service of which, only 73 mandays was available and a shortage of 67 mandays (47.85%) and in Kalaburagi district, raising one hectare of redgram required 90 mandays but there existed only 26 mandays and 64 mandays was observed to be in shortage. The economic scarcity was observed in all the crops. The productivity difference was more pronounced in paddy (850kg/ha), cotton (319kg/ha) and (224kg/ha) mechanisation should be encouraged to reduce the gap.

Key words: Agricultural labours, Productivity gap, Physical and economic Scarcity, Garret’s ranking.

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Cite this article: Gunabhagya, Joshi, A.T., Wali, V.B. and Lokesha, H., Labour Scarcity – Its enormity and Influence on Agriculture, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.5(6): 1597-1603 (2017). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.18782/2320-7051.5123