Economic Survey 2021-22 pegs average income of India’s individual agricultural household at Rs 10,218 per month

The Economic Survey 2021-22, released on Monday, said that the average monthly income per agricultural household in the country stood at Rs 10,218 in 2019 as against Rs 6,426 in 2014.

The Economic Survey, tabled by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the parliament, cited the data from the ‘Land and Livestock Holdings of Households and Situation Assessment of Agricultural Households’ (SAS) survey carried out by the National Statistical Office (NSO) during January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 period for these numbers.

The SAS report was released in September 2021, while the earlier SAS report was published in 2014. “The SAS, 2021 reveals that the average monthly income per agricultural household, as per paid out expenses approach, works out to be Rs 10,218. The average monthly income per agricultural household was Rs 6,426 as per the last SAS Report of 2014 estimated by the same approach,” the Survey said.

While net receipts from crop production increased by 22.6 per cent as compared to the previous SAS report of 2014, net receipts from other sources increased by 92.6 per cent with increase in overall net receipts at 59 per cent.

The Survey said that crop income, with a share of 37 per cent, continues to be an important source of farmer’s income, but there is a visible diversification in the sources of income of the farmers.

However, the SAS reports also show the increasing fragmentation of holdings. The average size of household ownership holdings has declined from 0.725 hectare in 2003 to 0.592 hectare in 2013 and further to 0.512 hectare in 2019.

“Increasing number of small farmers and increasing importance of livestock sector requires increased focus on the measures like development of small farm technology, boosting non-farm businesses and development of allied activities including animal husbandry, dairying and fisheries,” the Survey said. Overall, the agriculture sector has experienced buoyant growth in the last two years, it said. The sector, which is the largest employer of workforce, accounted for a sizeable 18.8 per cent in Gross Value Added (GVA) of the country during 2021-22, registering a growth of 3.6 per cent in 2020-21 and 3.9 per cent in 2021-22.

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