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Will the budget actually benefit farmers? -Jayati Ghosh

government, which expects that around 120 million small and marginal farmer households will benefit. This number must be based on the Agricultural Census 2015-16, which estimated around 12.5 crore operational holdings of 2 hectares or less across the country. Given this number, the expected annual expenditure is Rs 75,000 crore that would be payable by the incoming government over 2019-20. However, since the ruling party clearly wants some quick fi

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There is so much confusion about the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana

mer families are expected to benefit under the PMKSN programme. Most commentators and journalists based on the latest available Agriculture Census said that the total number of small and marginal operational holdings (of size upto 2 hectares) was 12,56,35,000 (viz. 12.56 crore) during the crop year July, 2015-June, 2016 (reference year). As per the Agriculture Census, all land, which is used wholly or partly for agricultural production and is oper

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Budget 2019: Farmer payout Rs 6,000 won't cost much but won't mean much either -Harish Damodaran

cres) will get direct income support of Rs 6,000 annually, payable in three equal instalments of Rs 2,000 each. As per the 2015-16 Agricultural Census, out of the country’s total 14.57 crore operational holdings, there were 12.56 crore of less than two hectares size. The Interim Budget has provided Rs 75,000 crore for PM-Kisan in 2019-20, which can more or less finance the proposed Rs 6,000 payment for these farmers. Please click here to r

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

rticularly 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 hectare in 2010-11 to 1.08 lakh hectare in 2015-16, which implies declining economic viability as well as sustainability of farming. From chart-1, it could be discerned that the average size of marginal holdings

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

he 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 million in 2015-16, which is a 5.33 per cent growth. But the average of size of these holdings went down to 1.08 hectares (ha) from 1.15 ha in 2010-11. Also, the area of oper

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Helping the invisible hands of agriculture -Seema Bathla & Ravi Kiran

010-11) shows that out of an estimated 118.7 million cultivators, 30.3% were females. Similarly, out of an estimated 144.3 million agricultural labourers, 42.6% were females. In terms of ownership of operational holdings, the latest Agriculture Census (2015-16) is startling. Out of a total 146 million operational holdings, the percentage share of female operational holders is 13.87% (20.25 million), a nearl

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Indian agriculture's problem of scale

146 million. Over 86% of cultivated farmland is held by small and marginal farmers who own less than two hectares, while only 0.57% farmers hold 10 hectares or more. Consequently, the average size of operational holdings has more than halved since the first census—from 2.28 hectares to 1.08 hectares. Farmers consigned to subsistence farming by this fragmentation—that is, the vast majority of them—are unable to generate enough surp

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Average size of farms falls to 1.08 ha in 2015-16

as declined to 1.08 hectares (ha) in 2015-16 as compared to 1.15 ha in 2010-11, according to the freshly- released provisional agriculture census data released on Monday. Expectedly, the number of operational holdings in the country has gone up by 5.33 per cent to 146 million during the same period from 138 million in 2010-11, revealed the 10th Agriculture Census whose phase-1 data have been made available. The share of small and marginal holdings

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The great Indian farm paradox -Yogendra Yadav

id not refer the two most obvious and authentic sources of data on the number of farmers: the Census of India and the National Sample Survey. There is also the Agricultural Census, but it only counts operational holdings, not farmers who cultivate these. The Census counts the number of persons for whom farming is a primary or secondary occupation. This figure should be read as a proportion of total persons engaged in any ‘economic activity&rsquo

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