Bhopal : Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that a thoughtful practical work plan should be prepared to double the income of farmers. Moreover, short term emergency schemes should be prepared for areas being affected by scanty rainfall and no rainfall at all. Make proper arrangements for water storage assessing the water requirement for irrigation and drinking. All the measures should be taken at war footing to preserve the flowing water. Similarly, in the same context, the other departments linked with the agriculture like power, horticulture, irrigation and P.H.E. etc. must ensure necessary action before time. Shri Chouhan issued these directives while chairing the Krishi Cabinet Meeting held at Mantralaya today.
Rs. 53 thousand 747 crore income of Agriculture Sector Increased in Single Year
It was informed in the meeting agriculture income has become Rs. 2 lakh 22 thousand 174 crore during the year 2016-17. Farmers’ income was One lakh 68 thousand 427 crore during the year 2015-16, thus an additional increase of Rs. 53 thousand 747 crore has been registered in comparison to the last year. According to the new data released by the planning and statistics department increase has been registered on present rates during the year 2016-17. Also 29.08 percent increase has been reflected on prevalent rates in the primary sector.
Shri Chouhan stated that interest should be developed among the farmers towards farmers’ conventions. Complete detail regarding preparations for doubling the income should be provided. Success story of farmers taking alternate crops with detail should be given in effective manner. Inform them about the use of soil health card. Outlets for sale of organic produces should be opened besides its certification. Along with paddy procurement, make concrete arrangements for registration under the Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana (Price Differnece Payment Scheme). Moreover, Shri Chouhan issued instructions for establishing big units of food processing at panchayat level. He also told for encouraging shed net house farming on the occasion. Shri Chouhan directed for making efforts to make the state first in wheat production per hectare by setting a target. Furthermore, he laid emphasis for focus on areas situated on the banks of river Narmada under the agro forestry expansion programme.
Decisions taken in Krishi Cabinet
A unanimous decision was taken in the krishi cabinet that custom hiring centers should be established under the Kisan Santan Udhyami yojana. Farmers’ conventions should be organized from September 30 to October 15. Also state level workshop of scientists and officers taking part in the conventions should be organized. Information regarding intent and importance of conventions should be given to all the concerned. Moreover, farmers should be encouraged to sell straw in areas where farmers used to burn crops remainders. Custom processing centers should be opened at each block head quarters. These should be utilized for encouraging other entrepreneurs and their training. Moreover, training of beekeeping should be encouraged and in addition kisan bazaars should be established in 378 urban bodies. Consent in principle was given for new scheme for establishing custom hiring centers of primary food processing and price stabilization.
Productivity of 8 Crops become More than National Productivity
Principal Secretary Shri Rajesh Rajora gave presentation of agriculture department in the meeting. Information was given on roadmap for doubling the farmers’ income and its implementation status during the last 18 months . He informed that Madhya Pradesh holds first position in organic certification process in the country under grams, soybean, total pulses crops, oil seeds crops, guava and tomatoes. Organic cotton, soybean and wheat are being produced in the state. Productivity target fixed for millet, arhar, urad and moong has been achieved in the year 2016-17 itself in comparison to the target of 2022 for productivity of Kharif crops. Similarly, the productivity of rabi crops like barley and brown lentil has become more in the year 2016-17 keeping in view the productivity target of 2022. Productivity of 8 crops i.e. soybean, gram, red gram, green gram, maize, millet and cotton has become more than the national productivity. Madhya Pradesh has achieved remarkable achievements in agriculture research. Genetic variety of yellow mosaic virus proof soybean and soybean seeds of mechanic variety has been developed in the state first time in the country.
E-Mandi for Fruits and Vegetables to be Made in State
Presentation of Horticulture department was given by the Principal Secretary Shri Ashok Varnval. He informed that a modern e-mandi will be established in PPP mode at Indore for fruits and vegetables in the form of international market. Total 25 renowned subject experts have been listed for consultancy services towards horticulture crops and for increasing productivity with the help of modern techniques. Moreover, total 509 fruits and 597 vegetables clusters have been selected for cluster based development. Under the cluster, horticulture crops have been developed in total 42 thousand 252 hectare land till date. One third target has been achieved during 2 years in comparison to the target of 5 years. 2 lakh 23 thousand 57 hectare area has been covered under the fruits, vegetables, spices, flowers, medicinal plants and aromatic crops.
Prime Minister Describes Agriculture Progress as Remarkable
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan informed that the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has described the agriculture development of Madhya Pradesh as remarkable. He said that the Prime Minister has praised the agriculture progress of Madhya Pradesh during the Chief Ministers’ meeting and said that the state’s progressing is amazing.
Minister for Finance Shri Jayant Malayya, Minister for Forest Shri Gaurishankar Shejwar, Minister for Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Shri Gaurishankar Bisen, Minister for Public Health and Family Welfare Shri Rustam Singh, Minister for Revenue Shri Umashankar gupta, Minister for Energy Shri Paraschandra Jain, Minister of State for Narmada Valley Development Shri Lalsingh Arya and Chief Secretary Shri B.P. Singh were present in the meeting.