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Measures being taken to Support Small and Marginal farmers

New Delhi: November 23,2012

The Government provides financial incentives, grants, concessions to the farmers with special emphasis on holdings of small and marginal farmers through various Schemes such as National Food Security Mission, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, Revised Macro Management of Agriculture, Integrated Scheme of Oilseeds, Pulses, Oil Palm and Maize (ISOPOM), Development and Strengthening of Infrastructure Facilities for Production and Distribution of Quality Seeds, etc.

Besides, Government has taken several measures for improving share of small and marginal farmers in total agricultural credit flow. As a result, share of small and marginal farmers in total agricultural credit flow has increased from 36 per cent in the year 2010-11 to 45 per cent in the year 2011-12. The data on share of marginal operational holdings in agriculture production is not maintained in the Ministry.

As per provisional results of the latest Agriculture Census 2010-11, marginal operational holdings with operated area less than 0.50 hectare (0.50 hectare = 1.24 acre) accounted for 46.71 per cent of total operational holdings and 9.46 per cent of the total operated area respectively, in the country.

This information was given by Shri Tariq Anwar, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

MP: DS: CP: marginal (23.11.2012)
(Release ID :89307

 
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