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The Economy of the Mughal Empire c. 1595A Statistical Study$
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Shireen Moosvi

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199450541

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199450541.001.0001

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Agricultural Productivity

Agricultural Productivity

Crops and Yields

(p.73) Chapter 3 Agricultural Productivity
The Economy of the Mughal Empire c. 1595

Shireen Moosvi

Oxford University Press

This chapter attempts a comparison of productivity data drawn from the A’in-i Akbarῑ with the official estimates of crop-yields in the latter part of the nineteenth century available for the Delhi–Agra region. No substantive change is discerned either in yields or in the distribution of crops. The increase in canal irrigation did not much change the irrigated area because well-irrigation correspondingly contracted. While it is true that this conclusion is drawn for a rather limited area, it is argued that the area is not atypical, and it ought to be conceded that besides some changes in crop-pattern in some regions the agricultural scene did not substantially alter between c. 1595 and c. 1905.

Keywords:   agricultural productivity, revenue-rates, crop-rates, irrigation, Sher Shah’s rai‘

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