Big farmers eating away subsidies

July 9, 2013 0 Comments

Priya Yadav, TNN Jun 23, 2013, 03.43AM IST

CHANDIGARH: A survey commissioned by Nabard and undertaken by Punjab Agriculture University has confirmed that 94% of the government subsidies are being availed by big and medium farmers, leaving the smaller farmers for whom subsidies are actually meant sidelined.

The survey has also indicated that the subsidies are not being given based on needs, but on political considerations. There are about 10 lakh farming families in the state who own large parts of the farming land. Out of this, 34% farmer families have small land holdings and get only 6% share of the total subsidies handed out.