Socio Economic Aspects of Traditional Agricultural Systems in Asia

Stability of farming through each production cycle has been guaranteed in rice farming. But, this system has been a subsistence farming without a marginal surplus that could have been invested for other local industries. Feudalistic land systems used to abide with the farming system. Villages provide a pool of landless farm laborers and unemployed laborers from city areas. There has been always a kind of vicious cycle: Without local industries people flow into cities to get employment; for them, food prices should be kept at a minimum; but, then there is little opportunity for villages to develop new industries. The green revolution was one of the attempts to improve such stagnant rural structures in Asia.

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