|Title||CROP CONCENTRTION AND THEIR CHANGES IN DROUGHT-PRONE AREAS IN JALGAON DISTRICT, MAHARASHTRA, USING GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEM|
Mr. Namdeo Patil, Dr. D. S. Suryawanshi & Dr. A. L. Suryawanshi
Arts, Sci. and Com. College, Chalisgaon, Jalgaon, INDIA
The paper presents an overview of agricultural cropping concentration and crop wise changes at micro level in drought-prone areas in Jalgaon district. Crop concentration means the variation in the density of any crop in a region at a given point of space and time. The crops have a tendency to have high concentration in the areas of ideal agro-climatic conditions and the density declines as the geographical conditions become less conducive. It is because of these factors that cotton has high concentration in black soil region like Khandesh (Deccan Plateau). The study area is mainly suitable for climatic conditions, so the cropping concentration is high. But recently the concentration of cereals sectors like Jowar, Bajara, etc have been decreasing. There has been a significant variation in the area, patterns of the crop concentration in the study region. This study is based on secondary data collected from statistical and revenue record in the tahsils of Jalgaon district. Data of cropping concentration is taken for 20 years. Crop-wise changes are used for analysis. Based on data of crop wise changes, the data is analyzed using GIS for mapping.