RURAL ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE IN AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN KARNATAKA: A REVIEW
Since the First Five-Year Plan, the Indian and state governments have invested heavily in agriculture infrastructure to accelerate economic growth. Irrigation, roads, transportation, electric power, agricultural markets, and other infrastructure investments have added to agricultural development at the macro level and too wide regional disparities in agricultural growth through road infrastructure. In India, the vast territories must be accessible via village roads or country roads. Rural roads facilitate agricultural product marketing, which encourages healthy competition. A more effective distribution system can be ensured with a better transportation network. Since the state provides infrastructure, decision-makers invest heavily in areas with fast agricultural growth to achieve other developmental goals like poverty alleviation. Thus, bias in decision-making and the financial strength of various governments decide the infrastructure level in different regions, causing an imbalance in agricultural growth and regional development. This study examines how road infrastructure accelerates the status of agricultural growth based on secondary sources of data collection.
Rural Infrastructure, Agricultural Development, Roads, Economic Growth