How is commercial farming different from plantation farming? (5 marks)

Asked by Sthitaprajna Mishra | 30th Aug, 2014, 03:28: PM

Expert Answer:

Commercial Farming

Plantation

In commercial farming, seasonal crops are cultivated on large farms like maize, oil seeds etc.

In this kind of farming, a single crop is cultivated on large estates which are similar to production on a factory line.

Commercial farming can be carried out in the areas where labour supply is not abundant as machines equipped with latest technology are used on a large scale.

In plantation, abundant supply of labour is required and it is mostly carried out in the areas where labour is cheap and easily available.

The crops are grown generally for the local markets. Only crops of extremely high quality are exported.

The crops are grown generally for export.  

Returns from the fields are quick but profits are comparatively less.

Returns from the fields take a longer time (5to 6 years) but profits are huge. For example, returns from Arabica coffee take a long time, about 4 years, but profits are huge.

Answered by Social Science Expert | 31st Aug, 2014, 02:04: PM

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