The Scheduled Castes, who constitute nearly 20% of Tamil Nadu’s population, account for 10% of agricultural landowners and possess 7.8% of the farmland in the State.
Of the 79.4 lakh landowners, 7,98,674 belong to the SC community. In terms of area, the community’s figure is 4,66,365 hectares out of a total of 59.7 lakh hectares. As for the average size of landholding, the SCs’ figure is marginally higher, at 0.8 hectare, against the overall figure of 0.75 hectare.
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