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FARMERS IN INDIA ARE WORSE OFF THAN THE LOWEST PAID GOVERNTMENT EMPLOYEE – SAYS NATIONAL SAMPLE STUDY

farmer-2Maharashtra continues to lose its fertile agriculture land to the real estate sector. Moreover, farmers are seen shifting to other vocations that offer regular and better remuneration than agriculture. The State Agriculture Department’s data shows that the state has lost more than 10 lakh acres of agricultural land to non-agricultural use in the last decade, which is nearly a quarter of the total 44 lakh acre of land under agricultural use. This does not include fallow land. The drought during the last kharif season is stated to be the primary reason for a fall in agri production and area under cultivation. Ironically, the state’s agriculture sector has been languishing for quite some time even as its economy was recording a 8.5% growth. The state’s agriculture remains stagnated at 4%. Land acquisition for industrial use has also led to increased migration of people from rural to urban centres. With land being lost, the number of farmers are also dwindling as they are increasingly switching over to more remunerative vocations. A recent survey by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) revealed that given a chance, 40% of farming households in the country would shift to other vocations. Of those farmers left on their farms, an overwhelming majority are worse off than the lowest paid government employee, according to the Confederation of Indian Farmers Associations. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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