Is Land Acquisition Posing a Threat to Food Security? A Case Study From the Punjab.

Sarbjeet Singh

5Panjab University, , India

Agricultural growth is not sustained in rural areas in Punjab, and consumption levels will outdo production levels resulting in insufficient supplies and inflation in the urban areas. Fertile agricultural land being acquired in the name of development has diverted a large number of farmers from rice and wheat towards floriculture, mustard and exotic vegetables, reducing the production of daily commodities in the food basket.  The Punjab government has taken urban development seriously to increase state revenue. One of their most recent ventures toward is Aero-City Expansion into a rural area outside Chandigarh. My study is based on interviews with 30 respondents in Kurari village where 1300 acres of land along with Patton village had been proposed for Aero-City Expansion. The objective of this paper is to understand the shifting of agricultural practices among the locals which emerged as one of the most serious concerns in field narratives. The research revealed that due to urbanisation within the periphery of Chandigarh, most of the land had been purposed to develop hi-tech area which diverted local people to adopt smaller scale agricultural practices rather than foresee mass production in the area where they purchased the land.


Dr. Singh is a post-doctoral fellow in Anthropology at Panjab University. His PhD was on eco-city development. His areas of interest include urban development, land acquisition, displacement and migration, social impact assessment, and sustainable development. He is a fellow of the Australian Anthropological Society and Royal Anthropological Institute London.



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