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Farmer Distress Index

Published on May 02, 2022
Current Context: NABARD has come up with an index dedicated to the hardships that farmers face.
Farmer Distress Index
  • The agricultural sector lender NABARD has developed the farmer Distress Index, based on certain parameters. NABARD conducted an extensive field study in cooperation with Bharat Krishak Samaj.
  • The parameters are rainfall variation, soil moisture, dry spells, temperature, pest, and weed management among others.
  • The index will help the lending institutions to take a holistic view of crop insurance as they will be able to gauge the expected crop damage.
  • The rate of distress has been found to be more among the marginal farmers. These are such farmers who have landholding less than 1.1 acres and unfortunately, 86% of the farmers fall under the category of marginal farmers.


Q.1 Which of the following has developed a farmer's Distress Index?
a. Pratham Foundation
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