Rural transport, i.e., transport from the farms to the markets by bullock carts over market roads, constitutes a weak link in the food transporting system in India. The weakness in the link arises from the bad conditions of rural roads which are particularly unserviceable during the rainy season. The bullock cart, which is used for about 70 per cent of the total produce transported, still thrives, and is likely to continue to play its role in rural transport. Motor trucks are not likely to make an impact in rural transport so long as structural changes in Indian farming do not take place and the market surplus per farm is small. On the other hand, bullock carts are required to be employed for other agricultural purposes besides marketing, and cart transport is just a subsidiary activity for the men and animals engaged on it. The ways in which rural roads and the bullock cart may be improved, which have been indicated in recent studies, are discussed. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Indian Society of Agricultural Economics

    46-48 Esplanade Mansions, M.G. Road
    Bombay 1,   India 
  • Authors:
    • Lakshmanan, P P
  • Publication Date: 1968-9

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  • Accession Number: 00099728
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 18 1975 12:00AM