Farmers’ income, indebtedness and agrarian distress in India

Reddy, A. Amarender, Raju, S.S. and Bose, Arnab (2020) Farmers’ income, indebtedness and agrarian distress in India. The Microfinance Review, 12 (1). pp. 1-20. ISSN 2229-3329

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The paper examines farmers’ income, indebtedness and suicides. It concludes that income of farmer is low mainly due to low harvest prices, high cost of inputs and small operational holding size. Low incomes coupled with higher consumption needs force small farmers into high-interest debt trap. There is a need to increase public investment in farm infrastructure, strengthen direct benefit transfer schemes for purchase of
inputs, improve institutional credit delivery mechanisms and widen safety nets in rural areas. The recent farm policy related to encouraging Farmer Producer Organizations and contract farming could potentially increase small farmers bargaining power and scale economies to utilise market opportunities.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Farmers’ Income | Indebtedness | Farmer’s Suicides | Sources of Credit | Agrarian Change
Subjects: Physical, Life and Health Sciences > Agricultural science
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Business School
Depositing User: Mr Sombir Dahiya
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2022 09:46
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2022 09:46
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