The Madhya Pradesh government has issued show-cause notices to deputy directors of agriculture of 17 districts for not spending fund allocated by the union agriculture ministry under the National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) for rain-fed area development in 2015-16.
In 2015-16, fund of Rs 29.19 crore was sanctioned under NMSA for rain-fed area development in the 51 districts of the state out of which only Rs 10.46 crore has been utilised. show-cause notices to MP agriculture officials
NMSA has been formulated by union agriculture ministry for enhancing agricultural productivity, especially in rain-fed areas, focusing on integrated farming, water use efficiency, soil health management and synergizing resource conservation.
State principal secretary (agriculture) Rajesh Rajora has issued show-cause notice to deputy directors of agriculture of 17 districts, asking them to explain why has a single paisa of the fund not been utilised until now. The districts include Gwalior, Shahdol, Panna, Barwani, and Sheopur.
Apart from these, fund utilisation has been less than 10% in some districts like Ujjain, Singrauli and Umaria. Some other districts such as Burhanpur, Neemuch, Khandwa, Rajgarh and Shivpuri have reported fund utilisation of less than 25%.
The state agriculture department has the overall responsibility for implementing NMSA in a mission mode at the state level. As per the union government mandate, the state government is making efforts for direct transfer of subsidy to farmers, based on Adhaar number.
The agriculture department plans to implement direct benefit transfer (DBT) method in all such schemes from April 1, 2017. In addition, the state government has to ensure that at least 50% of beneficiaries belong to small and marginal farmer category.
Rain-fed area development adopts an area based approach for development and conservation of natural resources along with farming systems. It aims to introduce appropriate farming systems by integrating multiple components of agriculture such as crops, horticulture, and livestock with agro-based income generating activities and value addition.