Caste, land and livestock holdings in India: an analysis

Hazari, Bharat and Kumar, A. 2003, Caste, land and livestock holdings in India: an analysis, International forestry review, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 364-369, doi: 10.1505/IFOR.5.4.364.22655.

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Title Caste, land and livestock holdings in India: an analysis
Author(s) Hazari, Bharat
Kumar, A.
Journal name International forestry review
Volume number 5
Issue number 4
Start page 364
End page 369
Publisher Commonwealth Forestry Association
Place of publication Shropshire, England
Publication date 2003-12
ISSN 1465-5489
Keyword(s) Joint forest management,
livestock structure,
landholding pattern,
ban on grazing
Summary A ban on grazing, particularly by small ruminants, forms an important component of the Forest Policy and Joint Forest Management arrangements in India. Some caste groups keep larger number of small ruminants than the others. It is considered as a social trait that is sought to be corrected through extension efforts. This paper analyses the livestock structure of households by using a model of household behaviour based on profit maximisation. It shows that landholding plays a crucial role in livestock structure of households and because certain caste groups have smaller landholding they tend to keep small ruminants that can feed on the common lands and forest areas. The policy of a ban or restriction on grazing adversely affects such caste groups who therefore come to resent it.
Language eng
DOI 10.1505/IFOR.5.4.364.22655
Field of Research 140201 Agricultural Economics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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