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Farming at 40-pct of Sri Lanka households, many members in other occupations

ECONOMYNEXT – Around 40 percent of Sri Lanka’s 5.2 million households were engaged in growing crops or livestock and about 32 percent of population aged 15 or above reported farming as their main occupation, survey has found.

In the first agricultural household survey, the Department of Census found there were 2.1 million households with a population of 8.1 million which engaged in farming.

There were 6.4 million persons above 15 years of age in the households.

Of the 32 percent who said their main activity was agriculture, 20 percent were own account workers, 11 percent contributing family members and 1 percent agricultural employees.

About 15 percent of the members of agricultural households were employed in the private sector and another 8 percent at government or semi-government agencies.

Another 8 percent were in non-agricultural employment.

About 10 percent were students, 3 percent were unemployed and 6 percent were unable to work and 17 percent were reported as being in household work. (Colombo/Dec09/2019)