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Changes in the Situation of Agricultural Labourers in Bangladesh

Author:RUSHIDAN ISLAM RAHMAN

Agricultural labour as an occupation has gone through a change over the last few decades. Attached labourers’ dependence on the employer for basic food and housing has given way to more independent daily or piece rate contracts. This has been associated with a rise of real wages and earnings and thus a reduction of poverty incidence among this group. Nonetheless, this group still faces challenges in the form of seasonal variation of employment and wages and inadequate employment in the slack season. Therefore, the improvements may be sustained only if employment creation in both farm and non -  farm sectors is accelerated, so that the rising trend of real wages is not reversed, as has happened recently. 

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