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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2018, Volume : 6, Issue : 3
First page : (352) Last page : (356)
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Economic Viability of Marginal and Small Farms in Rain Fed Farming System in Tamil Nadu

A. Mouna1* and T. Alagumani2

1Ph.D scholar, Department of Agricultural Economics, CARDS, TNAU, Cbe -3
2Professor and Head, Department of Trade and Intellectual Property, CARDS, TNAU, Cbe-3
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Received: 24.02.2018  |  Revised: 30.03.2018   |  Accepted: 7.04.2018  



Marginal and small farms accounted for 36 per cent of total area under cultivation. In Tamil Nadu, socio-economic environment of some of farmers are financially viable, which means that they are able to earn enough income to meet their farm as well as household expenditure, while others fails to do so. The viability of marginal and small farms was 58 and 70 per cent respectively. The factors responsible for the viability are; farm size, off farm income, income from dairy, consumption expenditure and gross income from crops. This paper examined the contribution of these factors towards the viability of marginal and small farmers by collecting data from ariyalur districts of the state. It was found that off farm employment and crop income contributions much for the augmentation of income in both marginal and small farms. Therefore, on the policy front, all efforts should be made to create off farm employment opportunities for these farmers. Assuring remunerative prices and up scaling of the marketing and input supply facilities are the need of the hour to promote dairying and other allied activities among these farmers.

Key words: Economic Viability, Marginal and Small farms and Discriminant Functional Analysis

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Cite this article: Mouna, A. and Alagumani, T., Economic Viability of Marginal and Small Farms in Rain Fed Farming System in Tamil Nadu, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.6(3): 352-356 (2018). doi: