CM terms paddy, a part of cultural heritage of C’garh

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Oct 2017 09:45:25


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Asserting that paddy is not considered only as crop by farmers, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said it is a part of cultural heritage of Chhattisgarh. The turnover of agriculture and allied business had already touched Rs 44,000 crore and the target is to reach Rs 87,000 by the year 2022, said the Chief Minister while referring to the PM Narendra Modi’s ambition of doubling the incomes of farmers.

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh observed these views while addressing his monthly radio programme - ‘Raman Ke Goth’, which was broadcast through various AIR stations in the entire state. In his address, the Chief Minister revealed that the State Government had purchased 6.91 crore MT paddy since 2003-2004 to 2016-2017 and paid Rs 75,000 crore to the farmers against this procurement. An amount of Rs 2,100 crore bonus had been allocated for the paddy purchased in 2016-2017. Bonus is being paid to tendupatta and sugarcane farmers also. The tendupatta procurers had been paid Rs 1,904 crore as wages during the 2004-2017 and Rs 1,223 crore as Bonus since 2004-2015. The 2.5 lakh sugarcane farmers are also being paid bonus and the financial condition of the agriculturists had improved considerably.

Dr Raman Singh said bonus will be paid during next year for the paddy purchased for the current fiscal year 2017-2018. He revealed that farmers would get Rs 1900 (Minimum Support Price and Bonus) next year if they sell paddy through the cooperative societies. The state government had paid Rs 2434 crore as bonus in the year 2013-2014 and Rs 2000 crore as relief during the drought-affected season in 2015. There are drought-like conditions prevailing again this year and 96 tehsils had been declared drought-affected. Now, that the bonus is being distributed to
the farmers, they will be celebrating ‘Festival of Lights’ with enthusiasm.

Dr Singh said that state government had been making efforts to diversify the revenue generating sources of farmers in the state. He said that listeners will be happy to note that now Chhattisgarh is not leading producer of paddy but also that of fruits and vegetables. The area under coverage had risen to 10.5 lakh hectare of the fruits and vegetables. The crops’ density had increased from 119 per cent to 137 per cent. There is an increase in production of paddy by 39 per cent, wheat by 24 per cent and pulses-oilseeds by 17 per cent. The production of horticulture crops had increased to 91 lakh metric ton.

The CM said forty thousand farmers are registered in horticulture sector. Arrangements are being made to provide market facility. There is an increase in incomes of dairy, animal husbandry and fish farmers in the State. He added that co-operative farming is popular in Bastar. The production of cashew nuts is around 6000 MT in 8000 hectare area. It is helping in utilizing unused land and from encroachments at-Bastanar, Bakawand, Bastar,Turenaar, Lolapal and Darba regions. Co-operative model plant is coming up at village Aasna in Bastar. The target is to achieve Rs 35 crore worth production of cashew nuts soon. Steps are being taken to market cashew to Kerala, Karnataka and Goa.