MP govt announces measures to make agriculture lucrative

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Nov 04, 2015 18:17 IST
The Centre will send a team to assess the damage to Kharif crops in Madhya Pradesh. (HT file photo)

The Madhya Pradesh government will prepare a legal framework for leasing land for agriculture that would not put the land owner at a disadvantage but will provide rights to the lease holder, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Tuesday.

Chouhan was addressing the media at the conclusion of an exercise launched by the state government to assess the ground situation against the backdrop of the farming crisis.

He said that after deliberating with experts it was decided to implement some long and short term initiatives for making agriculture more remunerative.

The chief minister denied that there had been issues in distribution of relief amounts in the past. He said he had proposed a new model for insurance which the Union government was considering as well.

When asked why there was a crisis in agriculture when the sector had been growing at above 20% continuously, he said there was no denying that wheat production had doubled in the last four years but the nature of agriculture was such that if the entire crop was destroyed, the farmer did not have the wherewithal to sow the next crop.

He said the Centre was sending a team to assess the damage to Kharif crops. A special session of the assembly will be held on November 5 to pass the finance bill that would enable payment of Rs 3,000 crore as relief and Rs 3,000 crore as crop insurance.

On being asked when he would go in for the next cabinet reshuffle, the CM said there were “enough ministers” in MP.

Key announcements

Soil health card for all farmers by 2017. The soil cards will tell farmers which nutrients their fields are deficient in

More permanent electricity connections for farmers

A body to be set up to promote export of fruits and vegetables, to ensure fair price to farmers

Bodies to be set up to procure fruits and vegetables on lines of procurement of milk

Separate mandis within mandis for sale of fruits and vegetables where commission would be capped at 2%

Solar pumps to be promoted

Pipe, drip irrigation to be promoted

Information on loans to farmers on SMS

Co-operative department to bring more farmers under credit net

Food processing units to be set up, target of one each in every gram panchayat

Agricultural schemes to be rationalized, smaller schemes to be closed down.

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