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The term land holding or ‘agricultural holding’ indicates average size of agricultural land held by the farmers in India. The number of small and marginal agricultural land holdings in the country (known as operational holdings) has registered a marginal increase in 2015-16 compared to 2010-11, according to the Tenth agricultural census. This means that there are more people who now own smaller parcels of agricultural land.
Trends in land holding (Agricultural Census 2015-16):
Challenges posed by Land fragmentation:
While Indian agriculture has shown resilience to many shocks that penetrated into the world in the last decade, the farmers are successfully producing crops in spite of many hardships. However, all this will change in the coming decades as growing population, further fragmentation, land conversion will lead to lower productivity, shortage of labour and dwindling natural resources.
These may put us back in the grip of a perennial food crisis. There is, therefore, a great responsibility on the farming community and the government alike to realize this future shock and take proactive steps to avoid such crises. Consolidation is one such solution theme.
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