Socio-economic status of rural farmers and their involvement in identification of infrastructural needs: a study of hill region, india

Samhita Chaudhuri

This Study analyses rural farmers’ social and economic status and their involvement in the identification and prioritization of infrastructural needs for improvement in agricultural productivity in Kalimpong-I block in the Darjeeling district of the state of West Bengal, India. The study shows that farmers in the study area lacked the basic necessary rural infrastructures. The most needed rural infrastructure in order of priority as ranked by farmers include availability of water, good road networks, storage facilities, power supply, health care and educational facilities. Farmers’ age, education and farm size were found to be significantly related to their willingness to contribute to infrastructural development. Government and non-Governmental Organizations should partner with farmers in the provision of rural infrastructural needs. This will help to improve agricultural output, increase rural income and reduce poverty.

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