Dr.V. Kalaiselvi


This study focuses on the farming community has responded to the changing consumption patterns of consumer by diversifying its production portfolio towards high – value food commodities. Experiences from many developing countries have revealed about the changing production portfolio at the farm level due to altering dietary pattern Besides rising income levels, the expanding urbanization, increasing infrastructural development and liberalization of trade policies have been identified as factors that triggered the process of agricultural diversification out from the area of staple food production Despite, a silent revolution in the high value food segment, performance of the agricultural sector was not as impressive as that of the overall economy of the country. About 56 per cent of the total cropped area of the state is under irrigated conditions while around 44 per cent of the area was under dry land farming. The contribution of agriculture to state income is around 13 per cent in 2008-09. It supplies raw-materials to agro based industries besides providing employment opportunities to the rural population. In this context, crop diversification intensity in villupuram district cross section data analysis. The changing scenario of agriculture has forced the farming community and policy makers in agriculture to search for a more remunerative and viable production portfolio.

Key Words: Performance of the agricultural sector, Total cropped area, The expanding urbanization, Agricultural diversification


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