Before 1973 there is no ceiling limit on holding of any land. But, in the year 1973 the government introduced “Andhra Pradesh Land Reforms (Ceiling on Agricultural Holding) Act, 1973” (Act No. 1 of 1973), popularly known as AP Land Ceiling Act. This act came into force w.e.f. 01.01.1975. Hereinafter called as „the Act‟. This Act impose ceiling limit on holding of agricultural land.
As per Sec. 5 of the Act the ceiling limit on holding of agricultural land is as follows :
In case of Double Crop wet land : 18 Acres.
In case of Dry land : 54 Acres.
In case of having both wet and dry lands, the wet extent is considered as double of the dry land for calculating the standard holding.
Double Crop Wet Land means, any land registered as double crop or compounded double crop wet land in land revenue records (Sec. 3 (d) of the Act).
Dry Land means, land registered as dry, manavari etc., in land revenue records (Sec. 3 (e) of the Act)
Ceiling on Non-Agricultural land holding :- There is no ceiling limit on holding of Non-Agricultural lands. The Act is limited to agricultural lands. Once the agricultural land is purchased and converted to Non-Agricultural purpose, the said land not come under the preview of “Andhra Pradesh Land Reforms (Ceiling on Agricultural Holding) Act, 1973”.