Cost Analysis of the Shrimp-Based Cropping System in Coastal Bangladesh::A Village Level Study
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The present study provides an analysis of the comparative costs of cropping systems based on <i>aman</i> and <i>boro</i> rice varieties and shrimp in coastal Bangladesh. The research was conducted in the Shuktia village under Tala Upazila of Satkhira District. The results revealed that the comparative production cost per hectare of land was higher for both <i>aman</i> and <i>boro </i>rice (45,737 taka/ha and 54,411 taka/ha, respectively) than for shrimp (43,853 taka/ha), whereas the gross income, net income, and benefit cost ratio (BCR) were higher for shrimp culture. The shrimp-<i>boro </i>rice rotating cropping system was about 1.56 times superior to a purely rice-based cropping system. The introduction of shrimp-<i>boro</i> rice cropping systems changed the local land tenure, and brought a degree of economic freedom for the local farmers, both landlords and tenants. The paper concludes that a rotating shrimp-<i>boro</i> rice cropping system has exerted a positive economic impact on the livelihood of local farmers on the southwestern coast of Bangladesh, the area under study.
- Tropical Agriculture and Development
Tropical Agriculture and Development 57(3), 77-85, 2013
Japanese Society for Tropical Agriculture