Gangtok, 26 Nov:
Sikkim has witnessed a decrease in average size of operational farmlands by 20.4% shows the provisional Agriculture Census [Phase I] released by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare recently.
The Agriculture Census Report 2015-16 further reveals that in Sikkim, the maximum decrease in the size of operational holdings has been found among farmers having medium-size land-holdings, the average size of which has reduced by 57.69 per cent in the last five years.
The Agriculture Census in India is conducted at five yearly intervals to collect data on structural aspects of operational holdings in the country. The Agriculture Census programme is carried out in three phases at five yearly intervals with cooperation of States/UTs.
India witnessed a jump in the number of operational farmlands between 2010-11 and 2015-16, but the same period also saw the average size of these land holdings and the area they cover take a dip, shows the provisional Agriculture Census.
The States where data collected through household enquiry approach include Sikkim, Kerala, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Odisha, Tripura, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram, Punjab and a few Districts of the State of Assam.
Some states also showed decline in number of operational holdings. The sharpest fall has been recorded in Goa (28.17%) and lowest in Manipur (0.09%). However, operational area has shown declining trends in most of the states, the Census says.