Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol 21.Suppl.Issue June 2015; Page No.(507-511)

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF CONTRACT FARMING IN POTATO CULTIVATION

Arnab Biswas, Gunja Kumari and Baldeo Singh

Abstract

The study was conducted in Burdwan district of West Bengal with randomly selected 50 potato contract growers as respondents to assess the environmental impact of contract farming. From the study it was found that the major environmental drawback of contract farming as perceived by the farmers was emergence of new pest and disease of potato in the study area. Among the respondents, 52 per cent indicated that the potato contract farming is sustainable for the short term only.

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