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Factors Affecting Cotton Production in Pakistan:Empirical Evidence from Multan District

Anwar, Mumtaz and Chaudhry, Imran Sharif and Khan, Muhammad Bashir (2009): Factors Affecting Cotton Production in Pakistan:Empirical Evidence from Multan District. Published in: Journal of Quality and Technology Management , Vol. V, No. II (1 December 2009): pp. 91-100.

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Abstract

This paper attempts to examine the factors affecting cotton production in Multan region using primary source of data. A sample of 60 small farmers, 25 medium and 15 large farmers was randomly selected from two Tehsils namely Multan and Shujabad of district Multan. The Cobb-Douglas Production Function is employed to assess the effects of various inputs like cultivation, seed and sowing, irrigation, fertilizer, plant protection, inter-culturing / hoeing and labour cost on cotton yield. The results depicted that seed, fertilizer and irrigation were found scarce commodity for all category of farmers in district Multan. The Cobb-Douglas Production Function results revealed that the coefficients for cultivation (0.113) and seed (0.103) were found statistically significant at 1 percent level. The Cost-Benefit Ratio for the large farmers was found higher (1.41) than that of small (1.22) and medium (1.24) farmers. There is a dire need to ensure the availability of these scarce inputs by both public and private sectors as these inputs were major requirement of the cotton crop.

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