Buying agricultural land is not an easy process like finalising an apartment. There are a host of issues, most importantly legal ones, to tackle before owning a piece of verdant land. "Buying agricultural land is the most sensible thing to do, though there are many issues involved,
There are two ways to buy an agricultural land: one, you have to show that your father or grandfather was a farmer. Two, you have to show that you already own some agricultural land. It is almost impossible to change your father's and grandfather's occupation, if they are not farmers. That is why most people try the second route. "Many people have bought land that is totally uncultivable to get the status of a farmer. Thereafter, they buy good agricultural land for cultivation. This is very common,
As per Section 79A of the Karnataka Land Reforms Act 1961, the non-agricultural income of a purchaser who must be an agriculturist should not exceed Rs 2 lakhs per year. Sale of land granted to members of scheduled caste and tribe is not allowed. Also, sale of land granted by the government is not allowed for a period of 15 years. Agricultural land can be used only for agricultural purposes and no other purposes. Utilising agricultural land for any other purpose is prohibited by law. Agricultural land, which does not come under the Green Belt, can be converted for non-agricultural purposes like residential, commercial, industrial etc, subject to the approval of the Special Deputy Commissioner on payment of the prescribed fees and subject to certain conditions.