Agricultural Geography

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Overview

Agricultural Geography provides the basic information of various types of the agriculture on the earth surface viz., Subsistence, commercial, horticulture, specialised etc. Agricultural Geography as a sub-discipline of human and economic geography. The geography of human activities is called as ‘economic geography’ which examines the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary activities of man. Man in his primeval stage was a hunter and gather and during the Neolithic period he learned the art of cultivation of crops. Thus, agriculture had been the dominant economic activity in the past and it is still the mainstay of over two-third of the world population. The study of agricultural geography is thus of great social relevance among all the branches of human geography    

Syllabus

COURSE LAYOUT Week I - 1. Agricultural geography-an outline | 2. Origin and Dispersal of Agriculture | 3. Approaches to agricultural geography | Week II - 4. Physical Factors in Agriculture | 5. Socio-economic factors of agriculture | 6.Technological know-how | Week III - 7. Role of irrigation | 8. Horticulture in India | 9. Occupational health and agricultural activities | Week IV - 10. Agriculture Systems of the World |11. Whittlesey’s classification of agricultural regions | 12. Specific problems in Indian agriculture and their management and planning | Week V - 13. Employment in the agricultural sector | 14. Agricultural Policy | 15. Land use and land capability | Week VI - 16. Land holding | 17. Fertilizers | 18. Pesticides & Insecticides | Week VII - 19. Land reforms, land use policy and planning | 20. Land use and shifting cropping pattern in India | 21. Landless laborers, woman, children | Week VIII - 22. Food | 23. Nutrition and Food | 24. Food aid programmes | Week IX - 25. Eradication of hunger | 26. Food deficit and food surplus regions; nutritional index | 27. Agricultural marketing in India | Week X - 28. Agricultural statistics and sampling | 29. Impact of Green Revolution | 30. Theories of agricultural location based on several multi-dimensioned factors | Week XI - 31. VenThunen’s theory of agricultural location and its recent modifications | 32. Crop combination regions and agricultural development | 33. Regional pattern of productivity in India | Week XII - 34. Crop efficiency and productivity | 35. Diversification and specialization | 36. Contemporary issue-I |37. Contemporary issue-II |