Kerala migration has adverse impact on Agriculture: Govindaprasad

Published Date:   Saturday, Feb 20, 2016

Kerala migration has adverse impact on Agriculture: Govindaprasad

The increasing rate of emigration from Kerala and the resulting inflow of large volumes of remittances have significant influence in the land market, labour market, consumption, savings, investment and income Distribution. Researcher Govindaprasad in his study found that  Migration and remittance has significant influence on the land market. The rising demands for buildable lands detract the public to go for an efficient use of their local resourcesecological setup or agriculture, and instead they adopt the much more lucrative step of selling out their holding to real estate ventures or build hosing colonies or big shopping plazas. Thus migration and the inflow of foreign remittances have widespread impact on all the sectors of Kerala and it may be stated that it has favored the growth of non-agricultural sector than agriculture sector in Kerala.  The study by Govindaprasad found that migration and the consequent availability of surplus income again jeopardized the state’s farm land by ushering people towards ‘white collar’ jobs and better life. Some of the people move out for better employment opportunities, practically abandoning agriculture. With this background the present study analyses the impact of migration on the land use pattern in Kerala.

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