Mah Govt to double farmers’ income in 5 years: Governor

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Mar 2017 08:35:16


MUMBAI,

Mar 6,

(PTI),

THE Maharashtra Government has taken a slew of measures to double farmer income in the next five years and address the issue of agrarian distress, said Governor Vidyasagar Rao on Monday.


The State remains a preferred destination for foreign investment as it accounted for 50 per cent of the total FDI inflow in India in the past six months, he said. Rao was addressing a joint sitting of the State Legislature on the first day of the Budget session. In addition to attracting a major share of FDI and taking efforts to accelerate economic growth, the Government had initiated a slew of farmer-friendly measures in form of sustainable development schemes, marketing support, crop insurance, water conservation, irrigation and agriculture diversification, he said.


“These measures are directed at mitigating agrarian distress and increasing agriculture productivity. They will also contribute in doubling of farmer income in the next five years,” the Governor told the members of both Houses.


Rao said that Maharashtra leads in the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yogana, operationalised in the State from 2016 kharif season. Around 1.08 crore farmers have enrolled themselves in the crop insurance scheme.


Nearly 80 lakh soil health cards have been distributed to farmers in order to ensure balanced and effective use of fertilisers, the Governor said.
A State-sponsored scheme has been started from this year to disseminate information regarding farm technologies and facilitate timely distribution of inputs, Rao said.


The Government will install automatic weather stations in every revenue circle from the kharif season this year to help farmers get accurate climate forecast, he said.
A micro irrigation scheme to cover nearly 1.25 lakh hectare of land over the next three years will be promoted to mitigate the recurring drought-like situation in Marathwada, the Governor told the legislature. He said that the Government has decided to prioritise completion of 26 unfinished irrigation projects, that are included in the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana, in the next three years. This will create additional irrigation potential of 5. 56 lakh hectare, the Governor added.


Referring to Jalyukt Shivar Yojna, the Governor said that under the water conservation scheme, about 12 lakh thousand cubic meters of water storage potential has been created.


Similarly, “farm pond on demand’ scheme has become popular. So far, 9,000 farm ponds have been constructed which would provide relief to drought-affected farmers, he said.


Nearly 11,000 villages have been made drought-free by judicious conservation of water. Till date, Kolhapur, Pune, Navi Mumbai municipal corporations, 100 municipal councils, four districts, 73 talukas and 11,320 villages have been declared “open defecation