Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment




Measuring agriculture loss of flood-affected farmers in Assam with special reference to lower Brahmaputra valley


Author(s):

Abdur Rashid Ahmed, Amanur Rahman

Recieved Date: 2021-08-06, Accepted Date: 2021-09-20

Abstract:

Economic growth of agriculturally-dominant regions depends on the growth of agriculture sector which, in turn, controlled by the flood. The state of Assam in India is one of the agriculturally-dependent states of the country but Brahmaputra River, the lifeline of the state, brings flood in the state during each and every monsoon season. The aim of the study is to measure the size and extent of the agricultural loss especially monetary loss caused by flood. Using descriptive statistics and simple graphs, the study reveals that almost 81% of the farmers are either marginal or small farmers and mainly grows potato, paddy, jute, and along with other seasonal vegetables practice fishery. The analysis of the study states that monetary loss in paddy crop is one-quarter of the total financial loss whereas monetary loss of the farmers in jute cultivation is less compared to other main crops of the study area. In contrast, monetary loss in fishery sector is largest amounting to almost half of the total financial loss whereas least loss found to be in livestock sector. Thus, the study demands urgent public policy to cope with the flood problem in Assam and hence, in turn, reduce the agricultural loss.

Keywords:

Economic growth, agriculture sector, flood, Brahmaputra, monetary loss, descriptive statistics


Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2021
Volume: 19
Issue: 3&4
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 41-43


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