Union Government has decided to conduct survey titled 'Situation Assessment Survey of Agricultural Households' of all agricultural households in country to assess plight of farmers. National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) will be nodal agency for this survey and it will be conducted during NSSO’s 77th round in the current calendar year.
Situation Assessment Survey of Agricultural Households
The last such survey was conducted for the reference year 2012-13 (crop year). Thereafter, NSSO has not conducted any such survey. Periodicity of such survey is decided on basis of requirements of concerned ministry, adequacy of current data, availability of resources and manpower, emerging areas of concern and development priorities of the government.
As of now comparable estimates for rise in income of agricultural households during 2014-2018 are not available. The inter-ministerial committee on doubling farmers' income by 2022 has taken into consideration estimates of agriculture households' income obtained from 70th round of NSSO survey data as base level income.
National Sample Survey Office (NSSO)
NSSO has four departments viz.