Small farmers struggle for survival in Punjab9 min read 11 May 2015, 12:31 AM IST
How increased mechanization, volatile prices and stressed farm incomes are leading to a consolidation of agricultural land in Punjab
Patiala/Sangrur/New Delhi: A farmer selling his farm equipment is a telltale sign of distress. But Maghar Singh doesn’t regret doing it. Six years ago, he sold his tractor, harvester and other equipment, and rented out his 8 acres (3.2 hectares) of land in Patiala in south-eastern Punjab where he used to grow a variety of crops. The income from rent is modest— ₹ 4 lakh a year—but he believes he is better off than his neighbour who is still toiling on his 6 acres of farm.