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Measuring Agricultural Productivity Using the Average Productivity Index (API)

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Lal Mervin Dharmasiri

Department of Geography, University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya, LK
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The concept of agricultural productivity has been extensively used to explain the spatial organization and pattern of agriculture. Several academics have been attempting to measure and identify the spatial pattern of agricultural productivity. This study attempts to formulate a different model for measuring agricultural productivity. It is named as ‘Average Productivity Index’ (API) which can identify the spatial distribution pattern of productivity of a state or a country. Major components of the API, are the average yield and the harvested area at the country or state level.  The API would be helpful for determining the suitability and productivity of agricultural crops and for identifying the spatial distribution pattern because of the components which are used for the calculation. Further, this model would be useful in demarcating and identifying agricultural  regions. The planners and policy makers will be able to make decisions by considering the outcome of the API that would lead to better performance in the agricultural sector.

Sri Lanka Journal of Advanced Social Studies Vol. 1 - No. 2 - Page 25-44

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljass.v1i2.4855

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljass.v1i2.4855
How to Cite: Dharmasiri, L.M., (2012). Measuring Agricultural Productivity Using the Average Productivity Index (API). Sri Lanka Journal of Advanced Social Studies. 1(2), pp.25–44. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljass.v1i2.4855
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Published on 29 Oct 2012.
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