African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6693

Full Length Research Paper

Determinants and incentives for soil conservation on farms in Central Gujarat: An empirical study

V. C. Pande
  • V. C. Pande
  • Central Soil and Water Conservation Research and Training Institute, Research Centre, Vasad 388 306 (Anand), Gujarat, India.
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R. S. Kurothe
  • R. S. Kurothe
  • Central Soil and Water Conservation Research and Training Institute, Research Centre, Vasad 388 306 (Anand), Gujarat, India.
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H. B. Singh
  • H. B. Singh
  • Central Soil and Water Conservation Research and Training Institute, Research Centre, Datia (M.P.), Madhya Pradesh 475 661, India.
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S. P. Tiwari
  • S. P. Tiwari
  • Central Soil and Water Conservation Research and Training Institute, Research Centre, Datia (M.P.), Madhya Pradesh 475 661, India.
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  •  Received: 29 March 2014
  •  Accepted: 19 May 2014
  •  Published: 31 May 2014

Abstract

The present study examined the effect of incentives in crop production and identified the determinants of incentives on farmers in Central Gujarat. The real domestic prices of the pearl millet, the major crop, moved in tandem with incentive component over time. But this incentive failed to provide push to the crop productivity of pearl millet during the period. The real domestic price of pearl millet declined during the period under study. The factors such as prevailing interest rate and rural road infrastructure significantly affected the total factor productivity in the crop. While easy loan facility by banks with accessibility to smallholder farmers could go a long way, access to local market could also be ensured with good connectivity of road particularly the smallholders farmers located closer to ravines.
 
Key words: Soil conservation, incentive, determinants.