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