Size - Productivity Relationship in Pakistan's Agriculture in the Seventies

M. Ghaffar Chaudhry, Manzoor A. Gill, Ghulam Mustafa Chaudhry


A large majority of the less developed countries, including
Pakistan, suffer from low levels of productivity in agriculture. In view
of the scarcity of farm land and the limitations of intensive margins of
cultivation, the importance of raising these levels may not be
underestimated in terms of a more judicious use of labour force, rapid
growth of agricultural production and increased availability of funds
for industrial development. Productivity gains favouring well-to-do
farmers, however, may produce undesirable results such as deterioration
of income inequalities, political instability and social unrest, and
must be avoided as far as possible. It is in this context that the
distribution of productivity gains among various size groups should be
taken to be as important as the aggregate growth of farm productivity,
if not more.

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