The village impact of machine threshing and implications for technology development in the semi?arid tropics of peninsular India uri icon


  • This study evaluates the dynamic consequences of machine threshing in the Semi?Arid Tropics (SAT) of Peninsular India. We rely on a panel of 30 cultivator and 10 landless labour households to monitor, over five cropping years from 1975/76 to 1979/80, the impact of mechanical threshing on the village economy. Machine threshing did not significantly reduce costs, increase cropping intensity, or greatly harm labour. These results are strongly conditioned by the ecological features of the SAT. Their implications for public?sector investment in research on selective threshing mechanisation are drawn

publication date

  • 1985