India pledges to double farmers' incomes – in pictures

Narendra Tare watches the Indian budgetary debate on television. The small-scale farmer grows vegetables on 4,000-square metres of land and makes about 30,000 rupees a year.

India pledges to double farmers' incomes - in pictures

Farmer Vilas Dumada, from the small rural village of Nandore, tends the 6,000-square metres of land that he shares with his two brothers, as did his father and grandfather before him.

India pledges to double farmers' incomes - in pictures

Women do their laundry in a stream at Nandore. Agriculture is a major contributor to india’s economy and it provides livelihoods for many people, particularly in rural India.


India pledges to double farmers' incomes - in pictures

A farmer readies to deliver produce for sale to the local wholesale market.

India pledges to double farmers' incomes - in pictures

Urmila Vedga runs a small snack stall from the window of her house to augment family income.

India pledges to double farmers' incomes - in pictures

About 68 per cent of India’s population lives in rural areas, according to the World Bank.

India pledges to double farmers' incomes - in pictures

India’s farm sector has struggled since monsoon rainfalls have been poor for two consecutive years, which in turn has severely affected crop production.

India pledges to double farmers' incomes - in pictures

The rural sector will largely benefit from social sector schemes unveiled by the Indian government, experts say.

India pledges to double farmers' incomes - in pictures

Indian farmers wait with their produce for the daily grain auction to begin at a wholesale market.

India pledges to double farmers' incomes - in pictures

Women harvest raw cotton at a farm the Yavatmal district of Maharashtra.

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