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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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Only 18% of Maharashtra's cropped area is irrigated; we should not be surprised at the distress -Siraj Hussain

s worth Rs 1,200 crore. It has functioning marketing infrastructure and has done better than most other states in adopting water-saving technologies like micro irrigation. However, out of 137 lakh operational holdings, 78.6 per cent belonged to 107 lakh small and marginal farmers, who hold less than two hectares of land. The leaders of the protesting farmers would not be unaware of the fact that only 18 per cent of the cropped area in the state is

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Why are farmers distressed across India? -Vikas Vasudeva

d since 1970-71, there has been a steady declining trend in land holdings. The small and marginal land holdings (less than 2 hectares) account for 72% of land holdings, and this predominance of small operational holdings is a major limitation to reaping the benefits of economies of scale. Since small and marginal farmers have little marketable surplus, they are left with low bargaining power and no say over prices. As farmers have been demanding &l

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Farmers' suicides in Punjab: Looking beyond indebtedness -Sher Singh Sangwan

nd forestry all over India, and especially in Punjab and Haryana. Besides, Punjab is ahead of other states in availing production credit with about 20 lakh Kisan Credit Cards as against its 10.5 lakh operational holdings. KCC is most convenient mode due to its cash credit facility and lower rate of interest. Its effective rate of interest up to Rs 3 lakh is 4 per cent, if repaid in time. The outstanding bank credit per hectare (ha) as on March 2016

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Government working on agro-industrial policy -Dhaval Kulkarni

agnant irrigation, low crop insurance coverage and poor productivity. Smaller size of holdings and fragmentation in land holdings also make agriculture a non-viable. For instance, the average size of operational holdings has declined due to fragmentation to a low of 1.44 hectare in 2014-15 from 4.28 hectare in 1970-71. However, Maharashtra remains a major state for horticulture with fruits like Alphonso mangoes, bananas, pomegranates, orang

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