Average daily income from cultivation was ₹27 per day in 2018-19 -Roshan Kishore and Abhishek Jha

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published Published on Sep 13, 2021   modified Modified on Sep 14, 2021

-Hindustan Times

An Indian farmer earned 27 per day on average from cultivation in 2018-19. This is less than what he would have earned doing MGNREGS work through the year.

An Indian farmer earned 27 per day on average from cultivation in 2018-19. This is less than what he would have earned doing MGNREGS work through the year.

These numbers underline the magnitude of the viability crisis in Indian agriculture.

India’s inability to shift a large part of its workforce from agriculture to non-agricultural work, especially manufacturing, is considered one of the biggest failures of its economic policy. Agriculture is considered to be the employment of last resort in India. This became apparent during the lockdown last year, when share of agricultural employment increased for the first time in India (read.ht/J9kZ).

Markets, however, always find a way to surprise. The latest Situation Assessment Survey (SAS) – it is the most comprehensive official survey on economic conditions of farmers in the country – published by the National Statistical Office (NSO) on September 10, and first reported by Hindustan Times on September 11, presents one such surprise.

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Hindustan Times, 13 September, 2021, https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/average-daily-income-from-cultivation-was-27-per-day-in-201819-101631550090909-amp.html?fbclid=IwAR3L0TQSkAu13c6p1K-f07_gc139IgxfnkMzoPlpFGqmHPMvH1hUtGXQoho


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