A Note on the Demand for Fertilizer in West Pakistan (Notes & Comments)

P. L. Leonard


West Pakistan has experienced a remarkable revolution in
agriculture during its Third Five Year Plan. Very large increases in
agricultural output have resulted from the rapidly growing use of
improved seeds, fertilizer, and from improved water supplies.
Agricultural pricing-policy has also played a part in this achievement.
In this paper only one aspect of this revolution will be examined in
isolation—the rapidly growing demand for chemical fertilizers. It is to
be hoped that similar studies on other agricultural inputs will follow
and that as a result it will be possible to consider the interactions
and aggregate significance of various inputs. Increasing quantities of
fertilizers are being sold in West Pakistan, and considerable public
resources have been devoted to their purchase and distri¬bution. The
growth of fertilizer industry and of sales has largely been the result
of efforts in the public sector, whereas in the case of tubewells it was
the private sector which led the way. The private sector has recently
been brought into the distribution of fertilizers, and will be taking
over the responsibility for retail distribution. The sale of fertilizer
has been subsidised in West Pakistan and for this reason it is of
primary importance to identify and quantify the factors determining

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30541/v9i4pp.419-425


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