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  • Recent data from the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) as well as the Agriculture Census highlighted the plight of Indian farmers. Around 85 percent are small and marginal farmers with an average monthly income of only Rs. 4653, which is lesser than their monthly expenses. Debt rates are ve...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 3 years 10 months agoread more
What initiatives should the 2016-17 budget include for the agriculture sector? ActionAid India’s submission to the Ministry of Finance looks at these.

Recent data from the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) as well as the Agriculture Census highlighted the plight of Indian farmers. Around 85 percent are small and marginal farmers with an average monthly income of only Rs. 4653, which is lesser than their monthly expenses. Debt rates are very high among farmers with an average loan of more than Rs. 47,000, and in the case of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Tamil Nadu it is more than Rs. 1 lakh. The spate of suicides of farmers still continues and more than 3 lakh farmers committed suicides in the past 18 years.

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