Evidences of Witnesses; Taken Before the India Famine Commission, 1898 Volume 4

Evidences of Witnesses; Taken Before the India Famine Commission, 1898 Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...1896 and 1897, but that alone cannot explain the severity of the distiess or the poverty of the succeeding winter crops. For both the wet and winter crops " late monsoon (from September up to December)" is said to be the most impoitant factor; copious winter rains are hardly neccssapy, heavy dew supplies their place. But a good _winter crop which supplies the staple food 0 the northern districts depends much more on deep ploughing before the rains, healthy seed, selection of sowing time, etc., than on heavy " late monsoon"_which on the other hand may, in some cases, be inyurious. I cite certaln examples: --s n 3, Others depending on agricul Thus with the exception of the year 1891-92 the production may be said to have been decreasing in a raduating scale. From the year 1893-94 revenue was payable on 13, lacs of acres, whereas not more than 104 lacs were (during the last ten years) ever cultivated; the assessment was made on 16 annas crop of the whole area, but the outturn never exceeded an average of 10 or ll annas on the cropped area. I take it then that the distress of 1895, 1896, 1897 was due to raiyats or agiiculturists' inability to carry on his trade. He had not good seed to sow, the produce of the year previous being what is called jhiri or thin and " slirivelled wheat." A child born of weak parents can not stand any severe strain disease. The dry winter of 1895-96 would not have done such injury to healthy seedlings or if the agriculturists had capital or if thczly had ploughed up their fields before the monsoon set in, an thus caught suflieient moisture; the want of suflicient rains would have been also remedied by irrigation. Want of irrigation, manuring and deep ploughing, together with ignorance...show more

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  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 188.98 x 246.13 x 14.73mm | 498.95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236871723
  • 9781236871725