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10 Govt Projects To Promote Agro Sector In India

Some of govt's initiatives in agricutlrue include Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, Soil Health cards, Price Stabilisation Fund, etc
The Indian economy is highly dependent on the agricultural sector. A huge population essentially translates into a need to address the growing food demands each year. The government has taken multiple steps to give a major boost to farmers through innovative measures.
Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the cabinet has “decided in 5 years, Rs 50,000 crore from the central budget would be utilised for the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana. States’ share will be over and above this. The money will be spent entirely towards improving farm yields and productivity," he said. The spending target, under the scheme, for the current financial year is about Rs 5300 crore. This is almost twice the corpus set aside for any agricultural irrigation scheme in earlier budgets. Over and above the central government’s allocation, states shall add their funds to the scheme.

 The economists and rural managers who believes that the crop production could witness a manifold growth through the agricultural schemes launched by central Government . Below are some of the success stories of two villagers who were beneficiaries of the various projects by the government

​Some initiatives by the government to help farmers

  • Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana will boost productivity by ensuring irrigation facilities. The vision is to ensure access to some means of protective Irrigation to all agricultural farms. Farmers are being educated about modern irrigation methods to give ‘Per Drop More Crop’.
  • Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana has been launched to motivate groups of farmers to take up organic farming. A special scheme has also been launched in North-Eastern Region for a promotion of organic farming and export of organic produce.
  • Soil Health cards have been introduced to enhance the productivity of specific crops in a sustainable manner &shall be issued to all 14 crore holdings in the country. About 248 lakh samples are to be analyzed in 3 years’ cycle.
  • A new urea policy has been announced to enhance domestic production and energy efficiency & Revival of fertilizer plants in Gorakhpur, Baroni and Talcher done to enhance self-sufficiency.
  • In the wake of the recent unseasonal rains, the Government proactively announced that the farmers will be eligible for input subsidy if 33 percent or more of their crop is damaged. Earlier, the farmer would be eligible for subsidy only when the crop damage was 50 percent or more.  The existing quantum of financial assistance is also enhanced by 50% in case of crop losses.
  • Price Stabilisation Fund with a corpus of Rs.500 crores has been established, to support market interventions for price control of perishable agri-horticultural commodities. This intervention will regulate & mitigate price volatility.
  • Gram Jyoti Yojana will provide uninterrupted electricity supply by separation of feeders. This will not only boost production but will also have a huge impact on the overall lives of the farmers, including cottage industries, education, etc.
  • Government’s strong & principled stand at WTO negotiations secured farmers’ long-term interests while providing food security. Farm Credit target has been raised to Rs. 8.5 lakh crores, ensuring convenient access to loans at concessional rates. Technology is empowering farmers in a big way, from giving weather reports, information on fertilizers, best practices, etc through the Kisan Portal. Use of mobile governance in agriculture has been given a fillip, with more than 550 crores SMSes sent to about 1 crores farmers as advisories and information.
  • Eliminating middlemen through unified National Agricultural Market to protect Agriculture from black marketing.
  • Housing for all to provide homes at affordable rates.

Case Studies:

Bilinda Syiemlieh of Tengri Village under Mairang Block of West Khasi Hills, Meghalaya a member of SHG holds only 0.25 ha land. She hails from a remote village which is far away from the state capital of Shillong as well as from District Headquarter Nongstoin. A team of KVK West Khasi Hills visited her village and arranged a training on "Oyster Mushroom Cultivation”. Hearing the scope and opportunities in mushroom cultivation, she decided to start this new venture with the technical support and encouragement of KVK and ATMA team. she expanded mushroom cultivation thus provided a good monthly contribution to the family income and helped to improve the family's standard of living. She had invested only Rs. 46,080/ha/unit and total output was Rs. 1,48,350/ha/unit. Her net profit was Rs. 10,2,270/ha/unit. She was awarded first prize in district. By her motivation 16 more farmers from her village started growing Mushroom. 
 Sultan Singh hails from village Butana, block Nilokheri of District Karnal (Haryana). Fish cultivation idea came in his mind after taking just two days training from KVK, NDRI, Karnal. He had initiated fish cultivation in 1983 in the pond of his village. Now he has fresh water farm in two acres and cultivating the fish viz. Rohu, Katla, Common Carp, Grass Carp, Silver Carp, Fresh Water Prawn and Cat Fish. He is expert in fish culture, fish breeding, diseases & nutrient management .  Sultan Singh set up the India’s first processing unit for production of value added product of fresh water fish in collaboration with central Institute of Fisheries Technologies, Cochin. The Secretary of DARE and DG, ICAR Dr. S. Ayyappan had inaugurated this the facility on 26 Feb. 2011. His company is ready to cook products like fish fingers, fish cutlet, fish nuggets, fish sticks, fish burger putty, golden fried prawn, kali mirch fish tikka, masala fish tikka, and grilled fish. These are hundred per cent fresh frozen and organic products and not using any preservatives and additives. Sultan Singh has got many national and international awards like Quality Summit Award from New York. He is in several advisory committee of ICAR like CIFT Cochin, CIFE Mumbai and CIFRI Bhubaneshwar. His contact cell no.is 9812032544 and website “sultanfishseed.com.”