Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2768

Full Length Research Paper

Decomposition of productivity growth in watersheds: A study in Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh, India

Biswajit Mondal1*, Alka Singh2, S.D. Singh2, Mukesh Kumar Sinha3 and D. Suresh Kumar4
1Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI), Cuttack – 753 006, Odisha, India. 2Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), Pusa, New Delhi – 110 012, India. 3Directorate of Water Management, Bhubaneswar – 751 023, India. 4Central Soil and Water Conservation Research and Training Institute, Research Centre, Bellary – 583104, India.
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  •  Accepted: 24 December 2013
  •  Published: 25 December 2013


Total change in production and productivity are the two important dimensions of benefits of watershed development programmes along with the conservation of land and water resources. To segregate out the impact of various watershed-based interventions on crop productivity, a study was carried out in Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh state of India. Data were collected from 240 farmers’ selected from eight watersheds and eight control villages in the region using a multi-stage random sampling technique. Analysis of data indicated that implementation of watershed development programmes led to significant differences in productivity of major crops between watershed and non-watershed villages. Decomposition analysis of productivity difference between them indicated that the contribution of technological component was positive and higher than the contribution of input differentials. This calls for a wider coverage of watershed development programmes in order to bring all the areas under land treatment activities for improving the productivity level.

Key words: Bundelkhand region, decomposition analysis, production function, watershed programmes.