Topic: Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers.
4) Discuss the major important cropping patterns of India along with the factors affecting it.(250 words)
Indian geography by Majid Hussain
Why this question:
The question is from the static portions of GS paper III.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must discuss mainly the factors affecting important cropping patterns and the key cropping patterns practiced in the country.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Describe what is a cropping pattern.
The answer is straightforward and direct in approach, one has to discuss the major cropping patterns of the country. Cropping Pattern mean the proportion of area under different crops at a point of time, changes in this distribution overtime and factors determining these changes. Cropping pattern in India is determined mainly by rainfall, climate, temperature and soil type. Then explain in detail the factors affecting it – natural and man-made.
Conclude with significance.