When I made my previous post on this topic, I couldn’t figure out how to enter a table into the blog post. So here’s the data (Source: National Sample Survey Organization – NSSO)
|Total area||No. of holdings||Average farm holding size|
|(million hectares)||(millions)||(ha/ holding)|
The farm size related conclusions from that post are below:
In 2003, the average farm size (what NSSO calls operational landholding) was about 1 hectare, which equals the area of a 100m x 100m plot. 70% of farmers have plots sizes smaller than a hectare.
…In the last 30 years, the average farm size has halved. That is, the average farm size in 2003 was 48% of the farm size in 1971.
So the same farm that supported a single family in 1971 now has to support two families.
Thought I’d create a more complete post on this topic since many visitors to this blog are looking for this data.