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Q2. What role did agriculture play in providing support for Industrial Revolution?

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Advances in agricultural techniques and practices resulted in an increased supply of food and raw materials, changes in industrial organization and new technology resulted in increased production, efficiency and profits, and the increase in commerce, foreign and domestic, were all conditions which promoted the advent of the Industrial Revolution. Many of these conditions were so closely interrelated that increased activity in one spurred an increase in activity in another.

Agricultural developments provided the backbone for supporting the Industrial Revolution; various technological innovations were its heart and soul, agriculture was an indispensable source of raw materials for the textile industry. Use of metal tools, better seeds, new methods of cultivation and irrigation resulted in higher yield for both humans and animals.

Land Consolidation by big land-owners in England through the enclosure movement enabled cash crops which were very important step.

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these changes which have occurred in agriculture made it possible to feed all of the people that were attracted to the industrial centers as factory workers. By providing enough food to sustain an adequate work force, nations were well prepared for expansion of the economy and industry.

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