Ranchi: Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Monday said that Jharkhand will soon boost the agriculture sector for the farmers of the state by utilizing the Rs 600 crore fund going to be released by the Centre. He also said that the state government will pay interest at the rate of three per cent on behalf of farmers who will have to pay only one per cent in interest out of the total four per cent.
Das said the top priority of every Indian should be to develop the society. He said this year’s state and Union budgets are dedicated to the farmers.
“This year under the Prime Minister’s Irrigation Scheme, Jharkhand will get Rs 600 crore from the Centre. Nearly Rs 30 crores will be available for irrigation in every district,” said the CM while expressing gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari. The CM was addressing farmers, agricultural scientists and students on the concluding day of Agro Tech 2018 Kisan Mela at Birsa Agricultural University.
Das said this year’s World Agricultural Conference will be organized in Jharkhand. He said farmers’ income will be doubled by 2022 by connecting each farmer with agriculture, animal husbandry and horticulture. He said the work force increases through public interest.
He said the scientists of Birsa Agricultural University should keep in constant touch with the farmers and work in coordination with them so that agricultural yield increases in Jharkhand and the state does not have to procure food from other states. He said Jharkhand’s farmers have great potential and all they need is guidance. “There is no bigger engineer than the farmer. He has to work in harmony with his farm, weather and resources. Agricultural scientists should do research to make country’s cows better than foreign breeds,” he said.
The CM said when India will celebrate its 75th Independence Day in 2022, no citizen in Jharkhand will be unemployed, homeless, uneducated and deprived of medical care as there will be all-round development of farmers and villages in the state.
“Our government is also emphasizing on the development of agriculture and animal husbandry. Two cows each have been given to 25,000 female farmers and work is being done to connect 4.8 lakh rural women to poultry, dairy, Johar and other schemes worth Rs 1500 crore.
The CM said that crops of all the farmers of the state have been insured and the farm land health card of 99 percent farmers has also been made. But since many farmers have complained that cards have not been made available to them, the CM instructed Agriculture Secretary to distribute agricultural land health cards by putting camps in all the districts.
The Agriculture Secretary informed the farmers that agricultural land health card will be distributed today in Birsa Agricultural University campus and distribution will be ensured in all the districts of the state by 25th February.