How many farmers does India really have? Or, what percent of the population does farming?

భారత దేశ జనాభాలో ఎంతమంది వ్యవసాయ రంగం పై ఆధారపడి ఉన్నారు? ఈ ప్రశ్నకు సమాధానం ఈ ఆర్టికల్.

Stirring the Pyramid

Yesterday, Hindustan Times published an article titled “How Many Farmers Does India Really Have?”.  This is a complex question involving definition of a farmer and the workforce of the country.  The article makes a valiant attempt to fairly present data from Census 2011 until the second last para, but ends with a wrong answer by oversimplifying the final calculation.

The article concludes:

So, if we add the number of cultivators and agricultural labourers, it would be around 263 million or 22% of the population (1.2 billion).  Then where does the common perception of 53% of population being involved in agriculture come from? It needs to be remembered that over 600 million Indians dependent on agriculture are not farmers. They are deployed in an array of related activities including fisheries.  And this confusion is widespread and innocent!

I will try to answer this question, since I pulled out half my hair trying…

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