‘Initiative towards inter-linking of rivers in Chhattisgarh soon’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Dec 2017 11:07:45


Staff Reporter,


Chhattisgarh is the only state in the country where no farmer has committee suicide owing to agriculture reasons, said Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal while giving detailed presentation of the achievements of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Fish Culture, Water Resources and Religious Endowments and Trusts departments during the past 14 years.

The Minister said that the state government is determined to double the incomes of farmers by the year 2022 as envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In this direction several initiatives have been taken to bring down the cost of cultivation for farmers.

Several projects to increase the irrigation facilities had been launched and implemented. Agrawal said a master plan of Rs 1500 crore ‘Chiraag’ project had been prepared with an initiative towards improving the economic conditions of farmers. With financial assistance from centre/NABARD and the World Bank, farmers will be encouraged for Agriculture Entrepreneurships. About four lakh farmers’ families will be uplinked to the project and 50,000 youth will be trained in
farming sectors.The Agriculture and Water Resources Department Minister said that the Water Resources Department had drawn a master plan for the inter-linking of rivers in Chhattisgarh. A survey is being conducted to link Mahanadi-Tandhula, Pairi-Mahanadi, Rehar, Atem, Ahiran-Kharang and Hasdeo-Kewai rivers.

Asserting that Chhattisgarh under the able leadership of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has proved that through small states fast developments can take place Brijmohan Agrawal said that Dr Raman Singh’s government had given top priority for the development of irrigation facilities and agriculture in the state. Major irrigation projects which were completed are Mahanadi Projects group, Minimata (Hasdeo) Bango project and Jonk diversion project. Medium irrigation projects completed are- Kosarteda, Kharkahar Modipaat, Sutiyapaat Reservoir project Kaaranala Barrage, Upper Jonk project and Maand diversion project.

The Minister said that 440 minor irrigation projects and 651 anicuts -stop dams had also been completed on rivers-canals. The water-tables had also increased in all the villages. The major irrigation projects which are under various stages of construction are-Sounder, Arpa-Bhainsachaar, Kelo and Rajiv Samoda-Nisad diversion projects. Medium irrigation projects under construction are -Mongara barrage, Sukha nala baarge and Dhumriya barrage. Kelo, Kharang and Maniyari-had been included in the list of Prime Minister Agriculture Irrigation Yojana’s 99 projects. About 42,625 hectare of additional agriculture land would be brought under cultivation after the completion of the major projects.

The Agriculture Minister said that the state had bagged four National ‘Krishikarman’ awards. There was an increase of 47 per cent paddy production, 156 per cent pulses and 43 per cent in oil seeds. Agrawal said that the state had attained self-sufficiency in the production of high-quality seeds’ during the past 14 years. The production had touched 10.5 lakh quintal. There are about 103 godowns at present which had a capacity to stock 81,650 metric ton.

The Agriculture Minister said Chhattisgarh tops in the list of distribution Soil Health Cards in the entire country. About 46 lakh Soil Health Cards had been given away to the farmers in the first phase. He also said that the authorities are keen on encouraging Organic farming in five districts and 22 development blocks. He also said that there is an increase of 404 per cent in horticultural acreage. The output is 98.34 lakh MT.

Agrawal said that there is an increase of 580 per cent in fruits’ acreage. The production had increased to 875 per cent. The output of fruits is 24.77 lakh MT. He also said that State stands sixth in fish production.