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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences

Year: 2005  |  Volume: 8  |  Issue: 3  |  Page No.: 405 - 412

Resource Interdependence and Enterprise Combination of Integrated Farming in Some Selected Areas of Bangladesh

Mohammad Taj Uddin and Hiroyuki Takeya

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to analyze the resource interdependence among different agricultural enterprises and to quantify how and how much the product, by-product and waste of one enterprise were used as input for another enterprise and to explore the nature of enterprise combination. It is found that the interdependence of resources was higher in landless, marginal and small farmers compared to medium and large farmers. However, land topography, soil composition and availability of different inputs along with the environmental factors influence the farmers in choosing different enterprises. It is revealed that insertion of vegetables into rice-based cropping pattern, cropping pattern with green manuring and rice with fish farming not only change the rice-based conventional farming but also enhance the soil fertility which in turn leads total production and income. Landless, marginal, small and medium farmers` return from integrated farming was higher and integrated farming was viable over conventional farming.

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