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Conversion of farmland sowing seeds of resentment in Karnataka -Sharan Poovanna

s put nearly 200,000 hectares of farmland to non-agricultural use, including for industrial, residential and infrastructure projects. Besides shrinking farmlands, the number of dependents on existing land holdings have also increased considering little employment opportunities elsewhere. From 1.312 million hectares in 2000-01 (cumulative), the total land put to non-agricultural use has risen to 1.495 million hectares (cumulative) in 2016-17, accord

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Marginal & small holdings saw increased fragmentation & contracted size between 2010-11 and 2015-16, indicates latest Agriculture Census

lts of the Agriculture Census 2015-16 became available in the public domain. The report, among other things, highlights the long-terms problems affecting Indian agriculture including fragmentation of land holdings (particularly the marginal and small ones) and shrinking average size of farm land. The provisional results of the latest Agriculture Census reveal that at the national level the average size of operational holdings reduced from 1.15

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Goa sees sharpest dip in farm sizes, Sikkim follows -Kiran Pandey

ands in Goa decreased by 30 per cent in five years India witnessed a jump in the number of operational farmlands between 2010-11 and 2015-16, but the same period also saw the average size of these land holdings and the area they cover take a dip, shows the provisional Agriculture Census released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. The total number of operational holdings in the country increased from 138 million in 2010-11 to 146

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Slide in farm size, but women land owners rise: Agri census -Vishwa Mohan

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: The increase in farm land holdings, a consistent trend since the 1970s, has been slowing down in the past 20 years but there is a rise in the number of female land holders, a possible indicator of higher involvement in farm activities, the provisional agriculture census 2015-16, has revealed. The trend could mean the association of farming with “kisan bhai (farmer brothers)” might be less exclusively

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High-cost farming is degrading quality of soil, driving small farmers to ruin -Arjun Sharma

his two-acre field, which is also becoming increasingly expensive. Thousands of small farmers in Punjab who cultivate rice face mounting costs of production with every passing year. The number of land holdings in Punjab total 10.93 lakh, of which 2.04 lakh (18.7 percent) are marginal farmers, 1.83 lakh (16.7 percent) are small farmers and 7.06 lakh (64.6 percent) hold more than two hectares of land. Their input costs include labour, seed, machiner

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An unlikely village for Rythu Bandhu scheme

high and dry. The village which has 650 households and a population of about 4,500 is located about a km from the district headquarters town. At least half the households, 308 to be precise, have land holdings even in surrounding villages and the remaining are landless tenant farmers. A comparatively high number of villagers are also in government employment which renders the families relatively prosperous and with hardly any need to toil. They

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States as policy labs for farming -Rajeev Gowda

ast few years. It has reduced farmers’ production costs while increasing productivity by renting out farm equipment at the sub-block level. The subsidised rentals enable even farmers with small land holdings to benefit from mechanisation. The Punjab and Haryana governments could emulate a variation of the Krishi Yantra Dhare scheme popularised in Karnataka in the last few years, to reduce overhead costs and fight the menace of crop burning. F

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NREGA turns its focus on farm ponds -Aswin J Kumar

rehensions could be addressed,” said K Chandrasekharan Nair, joint programme co-ordinator, NREGA, Thiruvananthapuram. As the first step, areas were identified where farmers owned small-scale land holdings. Chirayinkeezhu and Athiyannur panchayats have long suffered the aftereffects of depleting ground water levels and it had become a matter of necessity to undertake something that could help the villagers revive the water bodies. Vamanapuram

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How the state and the market failed farmers -Sarthak Gaurav

ration with Thiagu Ranganathan (currently at the Indian Institute of Management, Nagpur) and a team of committed field investigators, offers a grave prognosis. Over the decade, the average size of land holdings has fallen. The riskiness of agricultural production continues to be high and market-based insurance coverage remains low. There has been an observable decline in groundwater levels and not much has improved in storage and post-harvest risk

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'Well-designed integrated farming system can help double farmers' income by 2022' -Sobhapati Samom

pment of agriculture with animal husbandry and other occupations related to core agricultural practices. It has the capability to make the sector profitable. Since farmers in the northeast have small land holdings, Premjit said IFS can help a farmer in Tripura earn more than Rs 1.6 million from his 2.6-hectare land. Earlier, while talking at a symposium, UK Behera, dean, College of Agricultural Central Agricultural University, Meghalaya, said IFS c

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