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Vol -  11, Issue- 3 ,         Page(s) : 11 - 17  (2020 ) DOI :


Agriculture is a highly dynamic process and the growth and development of agriculture in Himachal Pradesh has crossed several mile stones in different historical periods. The cropping pattern of Himachal Pradesh was based on the traditional system of the subsistence farming without any surplus. With the passage of time, the relationship between commercialisation and cropping pattern emerged complimentary. The State has different variations in the agro-climatic conditions. The agro-climatic variation supports different types of cropping patterns in the State. However, it was the availability or unavailability of marketing facilities which played a key role in determining the cropping structure in the State. The aim of the present paper is to compare the cropping pattern in Kinnaur and Lahaul & Spiti districts of Himachal Pradesh. The percentage method has been used to analyse the data. The study reveals that the commercial crops of both the study regions are main sources of income of the tribal areas. While analyzing the diversification, the Kinnaur district is witnessing a fruits belt as compared to district Lahaul & Spiti. The farmers are gradually diversifying to commercial crops for the sake of higher earnings.

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