Regional Distribution of Agricultural Incomes in Pakistan : An Intertemporal Analysis

M. Ghaffar Chaudhry, Zafar Iqbal


The stagnant agriculture sector of the Fifties was transformed
into a dynamic one in Pakistan by the technological breakthroughs made
in the early Sixties. The installation of private tube wells,
introduction of high-yielding varieties (HYVs) for various crops, the
rising use of chemical fertilizers and insecticides and the
mechanization of tillage operations have ensured growth rates of
agricultural output unknown in the Indo- Pakistan subcontinent. Although
the desirability of these technological changes in terms of growth
cannot be doubted, it was argued in many studies that the technology
would likely lead to increasing rural income disparities in Pakistan
thus thwarting the desired impact of growth on economic development
(AlaVi (1976); Falcon (1970); Gotsch (1976); Gotsch (1976a): Griffin
(1974); and Hamid (i974))

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