Chief parliamentary secretary, agriculture, Gurbachan Singh Babbehali on Wednesday said the state government had enhanced the compensation for damaged crops in a natural calamity from Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000 per acre.
He was addressing reporters at Babbehali village, 5 km from here, on Wednesday. Babbehali said the government had earmarked Rs 4,128 crore for strengthening canals and distributaries to provide better irrigation facilities to the farmers.
He said the government was already spending Rs 4,787 crore a year as subsidy to the farm sector for providing power free of cost to the tubewells in order to improve the economic condition of the farmers. He said that as a result of facilities by the government and hard labour of the farmers, the state had a record production of 135 lakh metric tonnes of paddy this year.
He said the government was encouraging the farmers to grow commercial crops as the cycle of rotation farming of crops was not proving lucrative for the farmers. He said the government was also doing its best to strengthen the cooperative movement by distributing subsidised farm inputs through cooperative societies.