ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Farmers’ IncomeSubscribe to Farmers’ Income

Weather Uncertainties and the Strategy to Raise Farmers’ Income

In India, rising weather uncertainty has caused large-scale damage to crops in the last two years. In order to lower such risks, the cultivation pattern should move away from highly intensive input usage towards low-risk optimal input usage wherein a reasonably good level of overall crop production and returns per acre could be generated. The analysis based on unit-wise household data of farmers during 2018–19 shows that only 1% of farmers use optimal inputs. By shifting cultivation towards optimal input usage pattern, the revenue could be increased by 70% and the average income of the farmers by 90%.

Farm Size and Farmers’ Income, Consumption, and Poverty in India

Using unit-level data from the 70th National Sample Survey round Situation Assessment Survey of Agricultural Households, the paper seeks to determine, for major states, the minimum size of cultivated land at which the average monthly income of farmer households from cultivation exceeds their average monthly consumption expenditure and the minimum farm size at which the average monthly income from all sources exceeds their poverty-line-equivalent income. Further, it examines the contribution of different sources towards their total income across farm-size categories and the incidence of poverty among such households. It then estimates the income support for those households that are not able to meet their average monthly consumption expenditure and which are below the poverty line.

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