How to get Farmer Certificate Maharashtra
Owning agricultural land and grabbing a Farmer Certificate has become kind of a fad now a days. Those who don’t have any relationship with farming or perhaps even get goose bumps just by thinking of walking through farmlands are now trying to get hold of agricultural lands just because that is going to give then a status to boast about. In fact, some may even use this land as cover up for something that they don’t want the general public to know.
Having said that, it cannot be ignored that there are still a handful of people who actually want to own an agricultural land because they intend to do farming. Whatever the reason be, in case you are looking for getting hold of Farmer Certificate in Maharashtra, this article will attempt to help you out.
Just a heads up, there is no formal documentation available from government as such. Whatever we are putting up here is just scattered information spread all over the internet. We will do our best to organize the same in most logical order. In case of any discrepancies, kindly revert back with proper sources so that we can update the information in this article accordingly.
So the question is, “How do you get a Farmer Certificate in Maharashtra?”
This is a somewhat tricky question. You see, in order to get a Farmer Certificate in Maharashtra, you will first need to hold agricultural land. Assuming that bequeathed the land from your father, who was indeed a farmer, in a legal way, you are entitled to get a Farmer Certificate. If that’s not the case, there are quite some hassles in your path unless of course you want to take the forbidden path of bribing the government officials (who are by all means, happy to comply).
So, if you want to get a Farmer Certificate in Maharashtra, here are the set of conditions, at least one of which you need to fulfill:
- You bequeath the land from you father and/or ancestors. Simply put, your ancestors or your father needs to be a farmer with a legal holding of land.
- You have been granted agricultural land purchase permission provided your ancestral land (agricultural by nature) was taken over by government for public infrastructural development.
- You hold a legally valid certificate which states that you used to work as a farmer on an agricultural land that someone else owned.
Also, you need to make sure that you are not eyeing for buying a piece of land that has been tagged as Adivasi property. If you plan on buying such a forbidden piece of land, you cannot do so even if you satisfy any of the above conditions.
Assuming that you can furnish a document that validates any of the above conditions, you are eligible to get agricultural land. Buy that piece of land and now head for Talathi. Produce the piece of evidence and after proper investigation, you will be given the Farmer Certificate.
What if you are a resident of some other state? Can you get a Farmer Certificate in Maharashtra?
If you are from a different state, the likelihood of you being able to furnish any of the aforementioned evidences (applicable to residents of the state of Maharashtra) is extremely slim. We take the probability as zero. In such a case, if you are willing to buy a piece of agricultural land in Maharashtra and then get a Farmer Certificate, you need to opt for a very different route.
Here is the solution:
- Buy a piece of agricultural land in a neighboring state where such restrictions are not applicable. For example, Tamil Nadu will be a good place to start.
- Once you manage to buy some land in a different state, make sure that you get 7/12 extract. This is a piece of document that confirms you as the legal owner of the agricultural land in that state.
- Now travel all the way to Maharashtra along with the document. Present this piece of evidence to Talathi. Now you become eligible for a Farmer Certificate. In other words, buy agricultural land in Maharashtra and get the certificate.
So, what to do with the land you bought in the other state? Keep it if you want it or simply sell it and make some money out of it. Word of advice! Sell at a higher price so that you can actually make some profits.
In case you are taking this alternate route, which is every way legal, you will have to go through the following process:
- Buy a land elsewhere and get the 7/12 extract.
- Go to Maharashtra tehsil where you want to buy the land. Produce the certificate to Talathi.
- The tehsil in Maharashtra will forward a letter to the tehsil in the other state asking for confirmation.
- The tehsil of the other state where you bought the land will have to send a written confirmation to Maharashtra tehsil in question.
- Once the confirmation is received, you will be given a green signal to make an agricultural land purchase in Maharashtra. Buy wisely.
- Now go to Talathi in Maharashtra again and get your Farmer Certificate.
Okay, we need to say that the process looks pretty simple on pen and paper but there may be a lot of complications. The officials may ask for things that you have probably never even heard of. Be ready for running around for some time and have your purse amply filled with Rupee notes… you know why we are saying this, don’t you?
Good thing however is, hard work always pays off… add some unaccounted financial transactions, the hard work becomes a little easy. It is all up to you to!
If you don’t want to get in all those troubles, get hold of a broker or an agent but be careful. Some of them can simply rip you off, take your money and hide underground through a hole that you will never find in your entire lifetime. It is a risky affair but if you end up picking a good agent, things will start sailing smoothly!