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Statsguru: Households with smaller landholdings earn more from wage labour

On indebtedness, the survey data shows that more than half of agricultural households were indebted with bulk of the credit flowing from non-institutional sources

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Agricultural households  earn on an average 35 per cent of their monthly household income from cultivation, according to the All India Rural Financial Inclusion Survey 2016-17.    The survey carried out by NABARD for agricultural year 2015-16, estimates that the average monthly income of agricultural households in 2015-16 was roughly Rs 8,931. For non-agricultural households in rural areas, it is estimated to be lower at Rs 7,269 as shown in Chart 1.  Digging deeper one finds that among agricultural households with smaller land holdings, income from ...