Getting the farmer status is a cake walk, but getting the land for buying is an Herculean task,
You can approach few of the brokers in Tamil Nadu where buying agriculture land is like buying a tricycle for your kid.
Ask these brokers to buy an acre in your name with buyback scheme. Say you buy one acre for X amount from the owner, wait for the stipulated time for the records to get changed. Once you have the status & records in your name,( ie RTC / Phani / Adangal / Patta etcc etc) get a copy of the same and buy land anywhere in India except J&K. Once your job is done and you get the records in your name at your place simply sell the land at TN to the original owner for an X-y amount.
Usually the fees charged is around 10 to 15K. This includes the bribe to the VA, broker charges etc. You can also get the income certificate from the Thasildhar office on this one acre. This solves all the problems. including your income status.
But who in a sane mind did this stupid law putting restrictions on buying Agri lands. "Sadists "