KOLHAPUR: As many as one lakh families of farmers in the state opted out of agriculture, their sole profession, in the last five years, according to the latest agriculture Census figures.
Experts expressed fears that the trend might continue with the availability of other income sources and tolerance level of the farmers reaching its peak. The final figures of agricultural land holdings for 2015-16 will be released later.
According to the agriculture Census of 2010-11, there were 136 lakh agricultural land holdings in the state. State agriculture and revenue minister Eknath Khadse said the figure has now shrunk to 135 lakh. The minister said land acquisition for industrialization, road widening and creation of new roads have eaten up the agricultural land.
As per the agriculture Census of 2005-06, there were 137 lakh farmers' families in Maharashtra. It means that the number of farmers quitting agricultural activities between 2005-6 and 2010-11 reduced by one lakh.
This was but natural. farmer's family have got fixed area off land vich becomes insufficient when this have to be shared among d farmer's sons. Thus most off these sons will leave farming & search to jobs. Therefore India have to produce more crops from d same land & arrange jobs to others from d same farmer's family through business & other industry. that was y we should oppose proposed land bill. MoreOver Capitalism, hunger, & little support from govt.s when crops fail ... , & last but not d least . land grabs .......
New generation are not interested in agriculture.
Govt needs to ensure local food for all. We should not import food. so necessary steps required
This news is pathetic. However I may be harsh in my comment but I can't help it. When will they learn to elect the right people to govern our country. Till that is not happening we can see every year deaths of this nature will continue.
You are stupid. The reason of quitting is more because of smaller holding with divisions in evergrowing family sizes. Governemnt does not produce your children
My all family left the agriculture and working as a civil labour in my capital city - family of 10 members
Now a days it shame to be a farmer - no ROI on investment - example for tobocco farmers ...like many