PRESS NOTE 
ON

CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE OF

FARMER HOUSEHOLDS

(JANUARY – DECEMBER 2003)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL SAMPLE SURVEY ORGANISATION

 

MINISTRY OF STATISTICS AND PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION

 

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA


PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

 

Dated the 15 Asvina, 1927 Saka 

07 October 2005

 

 

PRESS NOTE

 

CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE OF FARMER HOUSEHOLDS

(JANUARY – DECEMBER 2003)

           

The National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India, had carried out a survey known as ‘Situation Assessment Survey of Farmers’ during January to December, 2003, as part of its 59th round. The survey was sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. Such a  survey has been conducted for the first time in the history of NSSO. The survey was confined to the rural areas of the country and the results relate to the calendar year 2003.

           Report Number 495 titled ‘Consumption Expenditure of Farmer Households’ being released is the fourth in the series of five reports based on the Survey mentioned above. In all 51,770 sample farmer households spread over 6,638 villages covering the entire rural area of the whole of the Indian Union except Leh (Ladakh) and Kargil districts of Jammu & Kashmir, interior villages of Nagaland situated beyond five kilometres of any bus route, and villages in Andaman and Nicobar Islands which remained inaccessible throughout the year, were interviewed.

           A farmer household was defined as one which had at least one farmer as a member. A person who possessed some land and was engaged in agricultural activities on any part of that land during the last 365 days  was considered as a farmer for the purpose of Survey. Agricultural activity was taken to include cultivation of agricultural crops and horticultural crops, growing of trees and plantations such as rubber, cashew, coconut, pepper, coffee, tea, etc; animal husbandry, poultry, fishery, bee-keeping, vermiculture, sericulture, etc. A farmer who had been engaged in activities related to produc­tion of crops by tillage and ancillary jobs was categorised as a cultivator.

             The report presents different facets of the variation in the level and pattern of consumer expenditure and related aspects of the standard of living of the farmer households. It covers certain demographic characteristics of farmer households such as average household size, and sex ratio for adults, children and all persons over different monthly per capita consumer expenditure (MPCE) classes. It also shows the distribution of MPCE of the farmer households across the States and at all- India level by different items of food and non-food groups and their comparison with those for the all rural households (as brought out by the consumer expenditure survey of the same round).

Consumption Expenditure of Farmer Households