Farmersâ€™ Stress, Income and the role of Non-Farm Business
Brajesh Jha ()
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Brajesh Jha: Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
No 408, IEG Working Papers from Institute of Economic Growth
Agricultural policies in India have largely been geared to increase domestic production and productivity in agriculture. Some of the reasons for farmersâ€™ stress are rooted in these policies. For example, land related policies have largely focused on large land-owners, prohibition of tenancy, and similar measures; while the number of unviable size of holdings continues to increase. Similarly, fair price to farmers was presumed to have been taken care of by the regulated market, but its number and performance have a discouraging effect on farmerâ€™s price. The opening up of the economy also throws up new challenges for farmers. In this perspective, concern for farmersâ€™ income is important. However, farmerâ€™s income depends on various farm and non-farm sources. Development experience suggests that non-farm sources of farmersâ€™ income become important as a country develops. Surprisingly, recent discussions on farmersâ€™ income have not appreciated the contribution of non-farm business in farmersâ€™ income. Therefore, this paper discusses role of non-farm business in farmerâ€™s income based on the NSS Situation Assessment Survey of farmers of 2004 and 2014. This further ascertains the robustness of non-farm sources of income from the NSS employment data.
Keywords: farm stress; farmerâ€™s income; non-farm business (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 21 pages
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Published as Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, 2020, pages 1-21
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