Agricultural production grew 4% this year, but income grew only 10%; At this pace, the income of farmers is doubling
In the last two years, agricultural production increased by 114 lakh tons and horticulture production increased by 93 lakh tons
Income of small, medium and big farmers increased by 3 thousand, 4 thousand and 10 thousand in 6 years
The Reserve Bank of India, ie RBI has claimed in the annual report that agricultural production in the country has increased. This will increase the income of farmers. But, when you compare these figures with the NSSO figures, it shows that the central government’s target of doubling the income of farmers is still far away.
Agricultural production increased 117 lakh tons in two years
According to the RBI report, despite all the adverse circumstances in the country, agricultural production is increasing year after year. In 2017-18, there was 2,850 million tonnes of agricultural production. It was almost the same in 2018-19, but again increased 4% in 2019-20 to 2,967 lakh tonnes. Agricultural production, which mainly includes cereals, pulses and oilseeds, is 117 lakh tonnes larger in two years.
Horticulture production increased by 87 million tonnes
Horticulture production in the country, which mainly consists of vegetables and fruits, has also increased. According to the RBI Annual Report, horticulture production in the country increased by 2.81% in two years between 2017-18 to 2019-20. It has grown by over 3% in one year as compared to FY 2018-19. Horticulture production has increased by 87.58 lakh tonnes in the last one year and it has increased by more than 93 lakh tonnes in the last two years.
Income of farmer families increased by 4 thousand
According to the National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO), a central government organization, farmers who have less than 0.1 hectare of land are still able to earn up to seven thousand 300 rupees a month. The income of the families of farmers who have one to two hectares of land is 11 thousand 810 rupees. The income of big farmers with 4 to 10 hectares of land is Rs 31 thousand 560. Looking at the average income, the income of farmer families has increased by only four thousand rupees in six years. The Central Government provides PM-Kisan Fund of 6 thousand rupees annually to every small farming family. This is just 6% of their annual income.