Agriculture survey to explore dynamics of rural economy
ISLAMABAD: An agriculture survey has been conducted to explore the dynamics of rural economy and facilitate and enhance the stakeholders understanding of the rural economy of Sukkur district.
The other purpose behind this survey was also to enhance the understanding behind low credit absorption ratio in rural area and facilitate banks to provide access to credit to the people of this area by enhancing the outreach.
The survey conducted by Sukkur Institute of Business Administration for State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has provided deeper and better insight of the characteristics of the district's rural economy.
According to details, the total sample size was 300 respondents, five farmers were selected randomly from each village to collect their responses on the survey questions; at some villages 4 or 6 farmers were selected randomly.
In district Sukkur, majority of the farmers comprise subsistence farmers as 31% farmers of district are those who own less than 5 acres of land, while about 34% farmers holding up to 12.5 acres of land.
Farmers, studied during survey, spend around Rs.1,611 monthly on their children education, with the maximum amount of Rs. 12,000.
Farming is a major component of the district's rural economy as almost all the respondents were engaged in farming. Wheat, rice, cotton and sugarcane are the major crops being cultivated by 93%, 58%, 37% and 12% of the respondent farmers.
Around 24% of the respondent farmers are also cultivating fruits including dates, mangoes and bananas. Only 22% of the respondent farmers are rearing animal (livestock). The survey results showed that almost half (49%) of the farmers used privately purchased seeds for wheat cultivation, 33% of the farmers used their own retained seed and 18% of the farmers used the seed purchased from Public Sector Seed Corporations. -App