Chief minister Harish Rawat on Sunday inaugurated ‘Krishak Mahotsava Rabi 2015’, a farmers’ fair, in Haldwani and flagged off 10 ‘Vikas Raths’ that would visit all the Nyay Panchayat areas in the state till November 3.
Rawat said the Vikas Raths would spread awareness among farmers about new farming techniques that would help boost production. He urged the farmers to make the most of the drive.
“It is an attempt to reach out to the people to get an idea of their grievances and assess the status of development works being carried out in their respective areas”, the CM said while referring to the ‘Vikas Raths.’
Rawat also gave details of the initiatives to give boost to agriculture.
“So far, 129 land levelers have been provided to farmers. Besides, 203 power breeders and power tillers have also been distributed among the hill farmers,” he said.
Similarly, 1.83 lakh Soil Health Cards had also been distributed among farmers both in the state’s hill and plain districts.
“By next year soil health cards would be issued to farmers in four districts,” the CM said referring to Nainital, Udham Singh Nagar, Haridwar and Dehradun.
The Soil Health Card is a printed report that will be given to farmers once in three years for each of their land holding. The card will contain crucial information on macro nutrients in the soil, secondary nutrients, micro nutrients, and physical parameters. It is aimed at improving soil health and reducing input costs for farmers.
The government had earlier launched a pension scheme for farmers above 60 years.
On this occasion, Rawat announced to pay the sugarcane growers 80% of the remaining amount of dues before the Diwali festival.
The district magistrates have also been directed to keep the paddy procurement centres open till the entire produce was procured.
State agriculture minister Harak Singh Rawat said three farmers’ fairs were organised in the 670 Nyay Panchayats in the last three years.