Regional differences of agricultural development in Tamil Nadu: A district-wise analysis


Muthumurugan P
Sahaya Mary Christina J


Objectives: To measure the extent of regional differences in agricultural development in Tamil Nadu. Methodology: The study is entirely based on the secondary data and it has brought into the analysis of two points of time i.e. 2008-09 and 2017-18 with the help of composite index analysis. Further, the study has taken 31 out of 38 districts. Findings: Wide unevenness in the level of agricultural development has been observed in different districts. The northern and north-eastern part of the state was found to be highly developed whereas some of the western and southern districts of Tamil Nadu were low developed. While compared with the results of the composite index of development in two benchmark years, the districts of Villupuram and The Nilgiris persistently have a high and least in the level of agricultural development respectively based on the selected indicators. Novelty: The study provides a systematic contribution to measuring the degree of regional differences in the level of agricultural development in the way that classifies districts of Tamil Nadu into three categories like high, middle, and low developed districts. The basis for this classification consists of results obtained by the Composite index method for measuring regional disparities in the agricultural development of Tamil Nadu. Moreover, the study is that it takes more districts than previous studies, virtually 82 percent of the districts in Tamil Nadu and it covers the most recent time.