IJCRR - 5(4), February, 2013
LAND RESOURCES AND PEOPLE: A STUDY IN KANKSA C.D. BLOCK, BARDDHAMAN DISTRICT, WEST BENGAL
Author: Shyamal Dutta
Category: General Sciences
Land is an essential natural resource, both for the survival and prosperity of humanity, and for the maintenance of all terrestrial ecosystems. Over millennia, people have become progressively more aggressive in exploiting land resources for their own ends. The limits on these resources are finite while human demands on them are not. Increased demand and pressure on land resources enhance the declining crop production, increasing land degradation and competition for land in rural India. So the land utilization for various purposes plays a significant role in controlling the existing economic as well as agro-environmental system. Present study area that is Kanksa C.D. block of Barddhaman district is familiar with agriculture and forest based low level subsistence of economy, so likely land use parameters such as net sown area, forest, culturable waste and its associates such as irrigation facility etc. have been expected as controlling factors in this land use system. In this paper an attempt has been made to identify the dominant factors of agricultural system which have significant impact on development in the 30 years (1971-2001) time span mainly through Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Geographic Information System (GIS) including the demographic aspect to correlate the land resources with people. The significant spatial mosaic based on Prinsscore shows that the existing agricultural system of this region is directly influenced by a range of variables (irrigated area, culturable waste etc.).
Keywords: Land resources, Land use, Agro-environmental System, Principal Component Analysis and GIS
Shyamal Dutta. LAND RESOURCES AND PEOPLE: A STUDY IN KANKSA C.D. BLOCK, BARDDHAMAN DISTRICT, WEST BENGAL International Journal of Current Research and Review. 5(4), February, 37-49
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