Economic Implications of the "Green Re¬volution" and the Strategy of Agricultural Development in West Pakistan

Hlromitsu Kaneda


The short-stemmed varieties of wheat and rice imported from
abroad and the increased use of fertilizers have dramatically enlarged
the potential for rapid increases in the agricultural output of West
Pakistan. This recent break¬through in foodgrains production is
sometimes referred to as the "green revolu¬tion". Because of the
generally favourable conditions in West Pakistan in regard to irrigation
water and solar energy, and due to the unusually favour¬able weather in
1967/68 in particular, the "green revolution" is spreading most rapidly.
It is high time to focus our attention on some of the economic
implica¬tions of the new developments in agriculture. Recent
agricultural growth in West Pakistan has been the result of
im¬provements in the production relationship in the agricultural sector.
However, the relationship between land and man in agriculture and that
between agricul¬tural production and other economic activities tend to
be neglected in the current discussions of the ways in which the country
may sustain the recent growth per¬formance.

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