Vladimiro Pelliciardi

For many centuries the population of Ladakh has led a self-reliant existence mainly based upon subsistence agriculture (self-sufficient in food-grain production), pastoralism and caravan trade. Since several decades, Leh District, a part of Ladakh, whose population is doubled from about 70000 in 1981 to 145000 in 2011, is no more self-sufficient in food-grain production. To overcome the demand-supply imbalance a large quantity of rice and flour wheat is imported every year by traders, cooperatives and central government. However to be self-sufficient is an important issue for this land locked territory which has not trade restrictions but severe constraint in transportation. Importing goods to Ladakh necessitates the shipping of goods by truck across the Himalayas, with passes as high as 5300 m, covering the distance of Manali to Leh (480 km) or Srinagar to Leh (420 km) will takes about three days.

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2 Responses to Vladimiro Pelliciardi

  1. shinichi says:

    From Self-Sufficiency to Dependence on Imported Food-Grain in Leh District (Ladakh, Indian Trans-Himalaya)

    by Pelliciardi, Vladimiro

    https://www.questia.com/library/journal/1P3-3126499721/from-self-sufficiency-to-dependence-on-imported-food-grain

    For many centuries the population of Ladakh (Indian Trans-Himalaya) has led a self-reliant existence mainly based upon subsistence agriculture (self-sufficient in food-grain production), pastoralism and caravan trade. Since several decades, Leh District, a part of Ladakh, whose population is doubled from about 70000 in 1981 to 145000 in 2011, is no more self-sufficient in food-grain production. To overcome the demand-supply imbalance a large quantity of rice and flour wheat is imported every year by traders, cooperatives and central government. However to be self-sufficient is an important issue for this land locked territory which has not trade restrictions but severe constraint in transportation. Importing goods to Ladakh necessitates the shipping of goods by truck across the Himalayas, with passes as high as 5300 m, covering the distance of Manali to Leh (480 km) or Srinagar to Leh (420 km) will takes about three days. By plain is only one hour of fly but cargo airfares are very costly.The stocking of the essential items, like food grains, in Ladakh, by the Jammu and Kashmir government, is an annual practice ahead of harsh winters which cuts off by road, for seven-height months, the twin districts of Leh and Kargil from the rest of the country. Filling the gap between the required quantity to feed the growing population and the quantity locally produced can be a difficult task in this high altitude cold desert region. Quantifying those “needs” helps developing policy and programmatic decision in regard to the local food security problem. In this study, the Leh District dependence on imported food-grain is investigated and results are presented as Import Dependency Ratio (IDR) in 2012 and the expected value in 2025.

  2. shinichi says:

    (sk)

    長いあいだ食べるものがないがために増えなかった人口が増えてしまい、それに対応できないでいる。

    私たちは増えた人口を減らす術を知らない。

    グーグルで、”cash crop”、”population increase”、”self-sufficiency”、”development” などと入れたところで、なにもわかりはしない。

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