Response of Livestock Farmers to Institutional Credit Use in Pakistan: A Case Study of Bahawalnagar District

  • Tusawar Iftikhar Ahmad The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan Bahawalnagar Campus.
  • Kashif Raza The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan Bahawalnagar Campus.
  • Asad Saif The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan Bahawalnagar Campus.
Keywords: Farmers, livestock Assets, Institutional Credit, Income Diversification, Southern Punjab

Abstract

Substantial dependence on agricultural production is amongst the common characteristics of developing economies. In such an economic milieu, proper
utilization of institutional credit—provided to livestock farmers—could reap multiple benefits for the farming communities. The present study aimed to
answer that how come social, economic, and geographical context of a livestock farmer might or might not cause to happen the proper utilization of agricultural
credit gained. For empirical analysis, primary information was collected from a sample of 143 farmers residing in the selected district (Bahawalnagar) of
southern Punjab. In determining a farmer’s response toward credit use, descriptive statistics exhibited a clear role of the gender and geographical area
of the farmer; whereas the findings estimated through logistic regression signified the livestock income, off-farm income, and the herd size as the key
credit-use-determinants. The study suggests that for a loaning institute, prior information about a farmer’s income diversification may serve as a proxy to
predict his/her credit-use response. In order to improve credit use efficiency, the study also favors the adoption of gender-specific and area-specific approaches
for agricultural credit disbursement. 

Author Biographies

Tusawar Iftikhar Ahmad, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan Bahawalnagar Campus.

Assistant Professor of Economics.

Kashif Raza, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan Bahawalnagar Campus.

Lecturer of Economics.

Asad Saif, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan Bahawalnagar Campus.

M. Sc. Scholar of Economics

Published
2015-06-30
How to Cite
Ahmad, T. I., Raza, K., & Saif, A. (2015). Response of Livestock Farmers to Institutional Credit Use in Pakistan: A Case Study of Bahawalnagar District. Pakistan Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 3(1), 25-40. Retrieved from https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/53
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