Average income of Indian farmers has increased by 59 percent in six years from 2018-19, Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda said.

The government does not give a direct answer as to whether farmers’ incomes have doubled, but the government announced in Parliament on Tuesday that some measures have been introduced in connection with the decision to double farmers’ incomes. It is noted that the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has compiled success stories of 75,000 farmers, several of whom have reported more than doubling their incomes. Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda, responding to a series of questions in the Lok Sabha on the income of farmers, said that the average monthly income of agricultural households has increased from ₹ 6,426 since 2012 to ₹ 2,000, based on the Household Survey. Assessment (SAS). 10,218 in 2018-2019, which is 59 percent more.

Listing the plans of the ministry, Munda said that the efforts of the government resulted in the gross addition to agriculture and its allies growing at an average of 4 percent per year in the last five years. “Implementation of these systems has given significant results in increasing farmers’ incomes. He said that as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, ICAR has published a book containing 75,000 farmer success stories of countless successful farmers who have more than doubled their income.

Seven Sources of Income Growth

The minister said that in April 2016, the government appointed an inter-ministerial committee to deal with issues related to “doubling farmers’ income (DFI)” and propose strategies to achieve it. The committee released its final report with recommendations in September 2018.  The DFI Committee identified seven sources of income growth: increased crop productivity, increased livestock productivity, resource use efficiency (reduction of production costs), increased crop intensity, diversification in valuable agriculture, remunerative prices for the product and transfer of farmers. from excessive work of the farm to other occupations – to achieve a goal.

The budget allocation for the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has thus significantly increased from Rs 27,662.67 crore (BE) in 2013-14 to Rs 1,25,035.79 crore (BE) in 2023, he said. The Ministry of Cooperation, the Department of Livestock and Dairy Production, and the Department of Fisheries were previously part of the Ministry of Agriculture in 2013-14. In a separate reply, Munda said the actual expenditure for the four years 2019-20 to 2022-23 was ₹ 4,49,869.3 against the revised allocation to the agriculture ministry for 2022-22  remained unused.

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