34% marginal farmers in Punjab living below poverty line
Amaninder Pal Sharma, TNN | Nov 22, 2013, 05.35 AM IST
PATIALA: A new study has revealed that over 34% of marginal farmers in Punjab are still living below poverty line, denting the tall claims of SAD-BJP government on uplift of the farmers, who are considered the traditional vote bank of the over nine-decade-old Shiromani Akali Dal.
Besides marginal farmers, the study conducted by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, has also brought to the fore that over 20% of small farmers in the state, who till land holdings of 1-2 hectare, are also living below poverty line. Those tilling land holding less than one hectare (2.5 acres) are categorized as marginal farmers.
The study, which was conducted in different agro-climatic zones of the states, has taken Rs 935 per capita per month as the baseline income to define poverty line. This means, that each family member of such peasant families are earning less than Rs 935 per month or Rs 11,225 per annum.