The seeming abundance of net sown area of 141.2 million hectares and total cropped area of 189.7 million hectares (1999–2000) pales into insignificance when we see that it is divided into economically unviable small and scattered holdings. The average size of holdings was 2.28 hectares in 1970–71 which was reduced to 1.82 hectares in 1980–81 and 1.50 hectares in 1995–96. The size of the holdings will further decrease with the infinite Sub-division of the landholdings.

The problem of small and fragmented holdings is more serious in densely populated and intensively cultivated states like Kerala, West Bengal, Bihar and eastern part…

KISANMAIL

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store