IJSRP, Volume 5, Issue 1, January 2015 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Harmeet Singh & Rafiq Hussain Andrabi
Regional imbalances in agricultural development of Jammu and Kashmir are the major structural constraints to the equitable rural development of the state, which needs to be overhauled through spatial planning approach. In this approach, the systematic identification of levels of development is the pre requisite. This paper attempts to find out the inter-district disparities in agricultural development in Jammu and Kashmir. With innovative quantification, efforts have been made to analyze the inter-district variations in the level of agricultural development. The agricultural processes of the region are directly controlled by the prevailing physical environmental conditions (temperature, precipitation, terrain, soil etc.) and the socio-cultural milieu (land tenancy, size of holding, technology, workforce, family requirements, irrigation, power ,roads ,marketing, aspirations of the growers ,etc.). Keeping in view the geo-ecological conditions of Jammu and Kashmir, fourteen variables relating to agriculture development have been analyzed by using Z- score technique. The study reveals that Pulwama and Kathua districts are the highly developed region while as Anantnag, Srinagar, Jammu, Budgam, Udhampur, Baramulla and Kupwara fall in medium category group and Doda, Leh, Udhampur, Rajouri, Kargil and Poonch are the least developed regions.