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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA Ministry of Agriculture DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & COOPERATION
RAJYA SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. 278 ANSWERED ON MARCH 15, 2013QUESTION Per Capita Income of Farmers of Karnataka
*278. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of AGRICULTURE be pleased to state:
(a) the per capita income of farmers in Karnataka;
(b) how this compares with other southern States and at the national level; and
(c) the action Government proposes to take to increase the per capita income of farmers of Karnataka?
ANSWER MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE (SHRI SHARAD PAWAR)
(a) to (c): A statement is laid on the Table of the House.
STATEMENT IN RESPECT OF PARTS (a) TO (c) OF RAJYA SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. 278 FOR 15/03/2013 REGARDING PER CAPITA INCOME OF FARMERS OF KARNATAKA.
(a) & (b): In 2002-03, the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) conducted Situation Assessment Survey covering, inter alia level of living, farming practices, possession of productive assets, awareness and access to modern technology, resource availability, indebtedness etc in the rural areas. The average monthly income per farmer household from all sources - cultivation, wages, farming of animals, non-farm business etc. during the year 2002-03 in Karnataka, other southern States and at all India level was found as under:
|States||Average Monthly Income (Rs.) per Farmer Household from different Sources during 2002-03.|
(c): Government has taken several steps to revitalize agriculture sector and improve condition of farming community on sustainable basis by increasing investment, improving farm practices, rural infrastructure and delivery of credit, technology and other inputs, extension, marketing etc. Various programmes/schemes for the development of agriculture sector are being implemented in a decentralized manner with flexibility to State Governments to formulate and implement appropriate projects to suit their specific requirements. The focus of Government is primarily on expansion of farm income, creation of non-farm income opportunities, improvement in productivity of rain fed agriculture, increasing coverage of farming areas under protective irrigation and forging appropriate backward and forward linkages. Other measures taken by the Government for the benefit of farmers include enhancement in minimum support prices of agricultural commodities, increase in credit flow to agriculture sector debt waiver/relief, interest subvention on crop loans, etc.