Income, Consumption Pattern and Economic Status of Paddy Farming Household

Type Working Paper - Small
Title Income, Consumption Pattern and Economic Status of Paddy Farming Household
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2015
Contribution of Agriculture sector is extremely important to the development of a country. Nearly 70 percent of total population living in rural areas depends completely or partially on agriculture sector. Sri Lanka has made great strides in the sphere of agricultural development in general and paddy cultivation in particular. The history of paddy cultivation in the island goes back to 543 B.C. (Nanayakara, 1987). small scale farming, non- commercial, traditional agricultural practices lead to low productivity, affecting levels of income and saving of farmers especially smaller ones and pushing them in vicious circle of poverty (Todaro, 1997). The main objective of the study is to examine income, consumption pattern and economic status of paddy farming household in Sammanthurai Divisional Secretariat Area. Primary data related to the year 2009-2010 collected from 280 paddy farmers from four types of paddy cultivation groups. Food ratios for all farming households are more than 50 percent of their total expenditure. The poorer the household the higher the share of total income or consumption assigned to food (Deaton & Muellbauer, 1980). This study further revealed that the average loan per household and per capita indebtedness, followed by the interest payments for the loans of the paddy farmers, is extremely higher. On the other hand, it is noteworthy to point out that the expenditure, income and debt are higher to the all categories of paddy farmers. Hence, policy makers should pay attention to increase their income especially from paddy cultivation and also to raise purchasing power of paddy farming community in Sri Lanka.

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