Land Use Changes

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Agriculture is considered as one of the oldest and most important sector which provides employment to large sections of the society. The land is mainly used for the agricultural activities. The significant changes in the society tend to change the land use pattern. The factors such as high growth rate of population engulfing precious land for settlement, scarcity of land for ever increasing demand for food, development of industrial sector, urbanization, conversion of paddy lands for non- agricultural purposes etc. contribute for the change in land use pattern. In every year the society is losing a percentage of arable land due to population growth and infrastructural development. The changes in land use results in scarcity of food and shortage…show more content…
The findings revealed that the study area experienced a significant reduction in agricultural land and this leads to continued disappearance of farmlands. It leads to loss of livelihood, reduction in food supply and increase in poverty. These changes are attributed to urban expansion, population growth, socio economic factors, environmental variables and natural factors. Harris, (2013) evaluated that the current land use patterns and urban and agricultural land use change from 1989 to 2012 in Shippensburg. The paper clearly showed that agricultural land was being converted to urban land at high rates from 1989 to 2011. In 1989, 76% of the study area was agricultural land, and in 2011 agricultural land was down to just 59% of the land area. The study suggested that planners can use land over maps and the results of land cover change detection to guide future growth of this…show more content…
The study highlighted that the changes in land use obviously reflect the pressure on land resource due to rising population. It also noted that changing techniques of production, changes in the pattern of land utilization, of natural as well as human resources, industrialization, urbanization, changing life styles, rising aspirations and changes in consumption pattern are some of the macro level factors which make the relationship between population and land use much more complex. Moreover this paper reveals a complex relationship between population growth and land utilization pattern in India. Further the findings showed that the present system of the land usage fails to capture both the quantitative and qualitative changes. So there is a need to strengthen the land use policies for the development of the
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