SHORT ANSWER TYPE QUESTIONS (3 MARKS) of The Story of Village Palampur Class 9th Social Science Economics



Q.1. What was the major impact of electricity on the farmers of Palampur? Explain.
Electricity reaching in Palampur transformed irrigation system as electric-run tubewells could
be used to irrigate much larger areas of land more effectively. Electric tubewell would draw
water from well electrically and no manual handling required. Electricity has also facilitated
the harvesting of crops with electric harvesters.
Q.2. What is the basic aim of production. What are the essential four requirements for
Basic aim of production was to produce goods and services that we want. Four requirements
for production of goods and services were :
z Land and other natural resources like water, forests, minerals
z Labour, i.e. people who would do the work. Each worker is providing the labour necessary
for production.
z Third requirement is physical capital, i.e. variety of inputs required at every stage during
z Fourth requirement is knowledge and enterprise to be able to put together land, labour and
physical capital and produce an output.
Q.3. What do you mean by working capital? How does it affect the day-to-day activities in
Raw materials and money in hand is known as working capital. Some money is always
required during production to make payments and buy other necessary items. Working capital
is related with day-to-day activities in farming like use of seeds, pesticides, insecticides,
manure, wages of labour etc. So production in farming is high for more working capital.
Higher working capital would facilitate more purchase of seeds, fertilisers and wages, so
higher yield would be there.
Q.4. What do you mean by Rabi crops and Kharif crops? When are they sown and harvested?
Give examples also.
Ans. Rabi crops 
are grown in winter season (between October to December) and harvested in
spring season (between mid-late April to mid-late June). Potato, wheat, barley, mustard are
Rabi crops.

Kharif crops are sown in rainy season (from July to September) and harvested in autumn
season. Examples of Kharif crops are jowar and bajra, sugarcane, cotton, red chillies etc.
Q.5. What is the difference between multiple cropping and modern farming method?
To grow more than one crop on a piece of land during the year is known as multiple cropping.
For example, sugarcane is sown along with wheat in winter season as sugarcane is harvested
once every year. Modern farming methods are the use of improved methods and techniques to
be used in agriculture to increase yield per hectare. Use of HYV seeds, insecticides, pesticides,
electric tubewell etc. are modern farming methods.
Q.6. Modern farming methods require the farmers to invest more cash than before. Why?
Yes, modern farming methods like use of HYV seeds, chemical fertilisers, electric tubewell for
irrigation require higher investment in farming because they carry higher cost than traditional
one. HVY seeds need more water and also chemical fertilisers and pesticides to produce best
results. Higher use of chemicals cause environmental degradation also.
Q.7. What was the major disadvantage associated with HYV seeds? Explain.
Biggest disadvantage associated with HYV seeds is bigger requirement of water and also
chemical fertilisers and pesticides to produce best results. Higher yields are possible only from
combination of HYV seeds, irrigation, chemical fertilisers, pesticides etc. Chemical fertilisers
and pesticides degrade our environment killing necessary bacterias in soil. Poor farmers could
not afford HYV seeds due to increased requirement of fertilisers and machinery. New
machinery replaced manual labour leading to unemployment and rural-urban migration.
Q.8. What are the various farming and non-farming activities in village Palampur?
[2010 (T-1)]
Ans. Farming activities :
Farming is the main production activity in Palampur. About 75% of the
people depend upon farming for their livelihood. They use methods of multiple farming and
modern farming techniques for increase in their productivity. Well developed irrigational
facilities and use of HYV seeds has improved in production levels of agriculture in Palampur.
Non-farming activities : Non farming activities in Palampur includes dairy farming. Small
scale manufacturing units, shop-keeping and transportation activities. Milk is transported to
nearby and far of towns. Family members, without hired labours run small manufacturing units
with simple techniques shop keepsrs buy various goods from wholesale markets in cities and
sell them in villages. Road transport facilities includes rickshaws, tongs, jeeps, tractors, trucks
and bullock carts.
Q.9. What do the scientific reports indicate about the modern farming methods? Mention any
three points. [2010 (T-1)]
Scientific reports indicate that the modern farming methods has overused the natural resource
l Green revolution, due to increased use of chemical fertilisers, has led to loss of soil
l Use of ground water with due help of tubewells for irrigation has reduced the level of
ground water.
l Use of chemical fertilisers resulted in loss of soil fertility. Therefore, farmers are forced
to use more and more chemical fertilisers to achieve the production levels which in turn
raises the cost of production.

Q.10. What are the sources of irrigation in Palampur? [2010 (T-1)]
Ans. Palampur holds a well developed system of irrigation. Due to introduction of electricity
irrigation system transformed from Persian wheels to electric-run tubewells. Initially, the first
few tubewells were installed by the government and then by mid of 1970s the entire cultivated
area of 200 hectare was irrigated by privately installed tubewells.
Q.11. Explain any three types of production activities in Palampur. [2010 (T-1)]

Ans. (i) Farming at Palampur : Farming is the main activity in village Palampur. Land area
available for farming is fixed. Expansion in production is done due to methods of multiple
cropping and use of modern farming methods.
Dairy farming : Dairy is a common activity in many families of Palampur. Many families
have cows and buffalos. They feed them on jowar nad bajra. They sell milk either in the
village or in nearby villages or town.
Small-scale manufacturing : People at Palampur are Angaged in same kind of small
scale and cottage industries. Simple techniques of production are used on a small scale.
Such small scale units are mostly carried at home or in fields with the help of family
members. Sugarcan curshing, carpet Neaving and basket – making activities are carried
under such production units.

Q.12. State any three advantages of multiple cropping. [2010 (T-1)]
Ans. Advantages of multiple cropping are :
(a) Efficient use of land : Land is not left idle at any time of the year and therefore more

efficiently used in the process of production.
Increase of production : It increases the production on a piece of land during the year.
Increase in income : Multiple cropping increases the agricultural income of the country
as well as for the farmers.
Q.13. What is Green Revolution? Which crop is benefitted the most due to Green Revolution?
[2010 (T-1)]
Green Revolution is a revolution of using modern farming methods for higher yield and
achieving the self sufficiency in the production of wheat and rice. It includes use of High Yielding
Variety (HYV) seeds, irrigation, chemical fertilisers, pesticides etc for producing best results.
Wheat is benefitted most due to Green Revolution.
Q.14. What are the problems do form labourers face in terms of employment? Explain any
three problems. [2010 (T-1)]
Problems faced by farm labourers are :
Unadequate wages : Government has fixed the minimum wages as Rs 60 day but they
donot usually get this amount of money.
Availability of labour : Too much availability of labour forces the labourers to work on
lower wages.
Duration of employment : Labourers are sometimes employed on the daily wages and
sometimes for the whole year. They do not have surety of job.
Q.15. Explain any three modern farming methods of Agriculture. [2010 (T-1)]
(i) Use of HYV seeds : Use of High Yielding Variety seeds promises larger quantity of
production of foodgrains.

(ii) Use of farm machinery : Use of machinery for irrigation, harvesting, threshing etc
improves the quality of work as well as reduces time consumption.
Use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides : Use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides
ensure the farmers about the better upbringing of crops in quality and quantity.
Q.16. Many factors are responsible for the poor economic condition of farm labourers like Dala
and Ramkali. Can you explain a few of these factors? [2010 (T-1)]
The factors responsible for poor economic conditions of farm labourers like Dala and Ramkali
are :
Use of modern farming techniques : Use of modern farming techniques make it difficult
for farm labourers to get work. Tractors are used foor ploughing, harvesters for harvesting,
threshers for threshing and weedicide for removing weeds. This leaves very less or no
work for farm labourers.
Poorly Paid : Due to heavy competition for work among the farm labourers, people agree
to work for lower wages. The minimum wages for a farm labourer set by government is
Rs 60 per day but they are generally paid only half of it. This forces them to take loan
from local money lenders which put them in the vicious circle of poverty.

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