Uttarakhand CM urges farmers to make most of pro-farm union budget
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Saturday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the “pro-farmer and pro-poor” union budget, urging the state’s farmers to make the most of the schemes the Centre has unveiled for the first time to boost the farm sectordehradun Updated: Feb 03, 2018 21:48 IST
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Saturday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the “pro-farmer and pro-poor” union budget, urging the state’s farmers to make the most of the schemes the Centre has unveiled for the first time to boost the farm sector.
“The entire union budget is a pro farmer and pro-poor… That is evident from a sizeable budgetary allocation that has been earmarked to boost the farm sector,” Rawat said.
“I therefore appeal to the state’s farmers to make the most of the schemes announced by the Centre to boost the farm sector.”
The CM was speaking at a function organised for farmers to “send a congratulatory message” to the prime minister for his pro-farmer concerns.
“This is for the first time huge budgetary allocations have been made for the farm sector, for which its architects deserve all praise,” he said referring to Modi, finance minister Arun Jaitley and agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh.
A sizeable number of farmers from Dehradun and elsewhere from the state attended the function organised by the state government.
Rawat revealed that the Central government had made a budgetary allocation of ₹6,000 crore for Uttarakhand for agriculture and allied sectors.
“Out of that amount, a budget of ₹145 crore has been allocated for setting up a chain of cold storage to boost the food processing industry,” he said.
“That means local farmers would have to produce an additional quantity of 55,000 metric tonnes of fruits and vegetables so that enough raw material is available for the food processing industry.
Rawat said the Centre has increased ₹9,338 crore for the farm development plan for the state for the fiscal 2018-19.
“It is a massive increase from ₹4,385 crore that was allocated for the same plan for the last fiscal,” he said, adding the “same goes” for the traditional system of farming.
“For that sector the Centre has allocated ₹1,326 crore, which is almost double the budget of ₹748 crore that was allocated for the last fiscal.”
Similarly, the Centre had approved a budgetary allocation of ₹1,509 crore for promotion of organic farming in the state for the next three years. The number of the farm machinery banks allocated for the state too had been increased from 300 to 370.
“Similarly, an amount of ₹2,600 crore has been allocated for cooperative committees,” Rawat said and suggested that farmers directly market their farm produce, which would boost their income.
“Similarly, the Centre has allocated separate funds so that all three crore power and diesel driven tube wells in the state could be run by solar energy.”