“Who’s a farmer?”
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was unable to reply this query just lately within the Rajya Sabha.
Within the Nationwide Coverage for Farmers, which was formally permitted by the Centre in 2007 there’s a clear and complete definition out there for the time period farmer.
‘For the aim of this Coverage, the time period ‘FARMER’ is referred to an individual actively engaged within the financial and/or livelihood exercise of rising crops and producing different major agricultural commodities.
It’ll embody all agricultural operational holders, cultivators, agricultural labourers, sharecroppers tenants, poultry and livestock rearers, fishers, beekeepers, gardeners, pastoralists, non-corporate planters and planting labourers.
It’ll additionally embody individuals engaged in varied farming associated occupations akin to sericulture, vermiculture and agro-forestry.
The time period may also embody tribal households / individuals engaged in shifting cultivation and within the assortment, use and sale of minor and non-timber forest produce.
The Nationwide Coverage for Farmers was drafted by the Nationwide Fee of Farmers headed by M.S. Swaminathan. The Centre supplies revenue help to all farmer households who personal cultivable land, by way of the PM-KISAN scheme.