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Farm income and wages fell in demonetisation year, reveals new data

Despite being a bumper monsoon year, farm output grew slower than input costs in FY17, reveals new data

Agriculture, farm
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The ministry of statistics and programme implementation released the data on sector-wise gross value of output of agriculture for the year 2016-17

Abhishek Waghmare New Delhi
A new set of official data has confirmed that both farmers’ incomes from crop cultivation as well as wages of farm labourers have contracted in 2016-17, the year when demonetisation took place. 

This is unusual, especially since the year had witnessed above-normal monsoon, which was distributed well across regions. Earlier, data had shown wage stagnation in that year.

On the positive side in agriculture as a whole, output from fishing and livestock grew the fastest in 2016-17. The growth was nearly 10 per cent over the previous year. 

The value of meat from livestock, milk and milk products, and fish

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First Published: Sep 28 2019 | 1:30 AM IST

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