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.