Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

Structural Change in Pakistan’s Agriculture
Publication Year : 1989

PAKISTAN’S land-tenure system, which has evolved over several centuries, has been characterized by inherent inequities. By the same token, it has tended to hinder rapid modernization of Pakistan’s agri- cultural sector. Like a chameleon, the system has often changed colours to deceive, even charm, the bewildered reformers; but nothing very substantial has happened since 1948. The zamindars, with the “un- ballasted wits” of class interest, have fought to obstruct land reforms of any kind. Even the 1959 land reforms which paid due attention to their interests were opposed by them.

Structural Change in Pakistan’s Agriculture
Publication Year : 1989

PAKISTAN’S land-tenure system, which has evolved over several centuries, has been characterized by inherent inequities. By the same token, it has tended to hinder rapid modernization of Pakistan’s agri- cultural sector. Like a chameleon, the system has often changed colours to deceive, even charm, the bewildered reformers; but nothing very substantial has happened since 1948. The zamindars, with the “un- ballasted wits” of class interest, have fought to obstruct land reforms of any kind. Even the 1959 land reforms which paid due attention to their interests were opposed by them.