Farm to factory: Small farmers need second source of income

The writer, AS Mittal, is vice-chairman of the Punjab State Planning Board.

In farming, size matters. 70% of India’s farmers have small and marginal land holdings, operating below one hectare. On an average, smaller holdings lose money as their household costs are higher than their earnings. According to the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), the average income of farmers owning up to two hectares is Rs 5,240 […]