Agricultural Geography

By Prof. H. Nagaraja   |   Department of Studies in Geography,Manasagangothri, University of Mysore, Mysuru-06
Learners enrolled: 2332
Agricultural Geography provides the basic information of various types of the agriculture on the earth surface viz., Subsistence, commercial, horticulture, specialised etc. Agricultural Geography as a sub-discipline of human and economic geography. The geography of human activities is called as ‘economic geography’ which examines the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary activities of man. Man in his primeval stage was a hunter and gather and during the Neolithic period he learned the art of cultivation of crops. Thus, agriculture had been the dominant economic activity in the past and it is still the mainstay of over two-third of the world population. The study of agricultural geography is thus of great social relevance among all the branches of human geography

Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 18 Jan 2021
End Date : 30 Apr 2021
Exam Date :
Enrollment Ends : 28 Feb 2021
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

Week I - 1. Agricultural geography-an outline | 2. Origin and Dispersal of Agriculture | 3. Approaches to agricultural geography |
Week II - 4. Physical Factors in Agriculture | 5. Socio-economic factors of agriculture | 6.Technological know-how |
Week III - 7. Role of irrigation | 8. Horticulture in India | 9. Occupational health and agricultural activities |
Week IV - 10. Agriculture Systems of the World |11. Whittlesey’s  classification of agricultural regions | 12. Specific problems in Indian agriculture and their management and planning |
Week V - 13. Employment in the agricultural sector | 14. Agricultural Policy | 15. Land use and land capability |
Week VI - 16. Land holding | 17. Fertilizers | 18. Pesticides & Insecticides |
Week VII - 19. Land reforms, land use policy and planning | 20. Land use and shifting cropping pattern in India | 21. Landless  laborers, woman, children |
Week VIII - 22. Food | 23. Nutrition and Food | 24. Food aid programmes |
Week IX - 25. Eradication of hunger | 26. Food deficit and food surplus regions; nutritional index | 27. Agricultural marketing in India |
Week X - 28. Agricultural statistics and sampling | 29. Impact of Green Revolution | 30. Theories of agricultural location based on several multi-dimensioned factors |
Week XI - 31. VenThunen’s theory of agricultural location and its recent modifications | 32. Crop combination regions and agricultural development | 33. Regional pattern of productivity in India |
Week XII - 34. Crop efficiency and productivity | 35. Diversification and specialization | 36. Contemporary issue-I |37. Contemporary issue-II |

Books and references

Reading material


Type of publication (article/notes)

Systematic Agricultural Geography

Majid Hssain, (2002)

Book  -

 Rawat Publication, Jaipur & New  Delhi.

Perspectives in Agricultural Geography Vol. I to IV

Noor Mohammed

Book –

Concept publishing company, New Delhi

Agricultural Geography

Sing and Dhillin, (2000)


Tata Mcgrow – Hill publishing company ltd, New Delhi

Agricultural Geography

Jasbir Sing


Tata Mcgrow – Hill publishing company ltd, New Delhi.

Agricultural Geography



Dorling Kindersly (India) pvt, ltd, Licensees of Pearson Education in South Asia. New Delhi.

Location Analysis in Human Geography

Hagget. P. (1965)


London Edward Arnold (publisher) Ltd.


Models, paradigms and new geography in Socio-economic Models in Geography

Chorley Richard J. (1970)


Peter, London, Methuen & Co. Ltd.

Agricultural Geography

Husain M. (1979)


New Delhi, Inter India Publications

Instructor bio

Prof. H. Nagaraja

Department of Studies in Geography,Manasagangothri, University of Mysore, Mysuru-06
Prof. H. Nagaraja is Professor, DOS in Geography, Manasagangothri, University of Mysore and presently working as Board of Studies Chairman in I.D.S and Geography. He has 29 years of teaching experience. He has been conferred with award of Best Teacher at 12th DGSI International Conference at Magadh University, Bodh Gaya, and Smt. Murigemma Bogojimath Memorial Gold Medal for securing 1st rank in M.A. (1988). He is also life member of many professional bodies like NAGI, IIG, GSA, ISG,IGS, INCA, DGSI, ISCA,KSUPGTAF and MUTA. He has completed one major Research Project, published 85 papers in Regional, National, and International Journals and also attended more than 105 Seminars and Conferences at National/ International/Regional/University level. Prof. Nagaraja also held administrative position like two times Chairman and Member of BOS/BOE in Different Universities. Convenor-38th Indian Geography Congress-2016, Organizing Secretary, DGSI International Conference 2012 and 2004 National Conference conducted in P-G Department of studies in Geography.MGM.

Course certificate

Assessment/Assignment marks will be considered for Internal Marks and will carry 30 percent for overall Result.

End Term Exam- will have 100 questions and will carry 70 percent of  overall Result.

*All students, who obtain 40% marks in in-course assessment and 40% marks in end-term proctored exam separately, will be eligible for certificate and credit transfer.

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