The increasing cost of production coupled with low profitability has also led to the disinterest in the sector. For example, in the case of rice, cost factor has been instrumental in the decline of its production. In 1999-2000, the cost of production of rice was Rs 575 in Kerala, Rs 185 in Punjab and Rs.175 in Andhra Pradesh. Clearly, with the complicated labour laws in the state, competition from the farmers of other states affected Kerala. But this has also contributed to some farmers moving to capital intensive crops like bananas.