Raipur, June 12: Chhattisgarh Government has set the target of distributing interest-free loans worth nearly Rs 3200 crore to farmers of state in this kharif season. State Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh informed farmers of state are being provided interest-free short-term agricultural loan for this Kharif season.
Dr Raman Singh said in his radio programme 'Raman Ke Goth', “cash and agricultural inputs have been made available for the convenience of farmers. District-wise and region-wise action plans have been chalked out to promote special crops as per the climatic conditions”.
He told farmers- Soil Health Management Scheme is being conducted in state. In the first phase, more than 40 lakh soil health cards have been issued to farmers after examination of soil samples from their fields. They advised farmers to get examination of soil in their farms done in every two years and use fertilizers and micronutrients as per the recommendations given in soil health card.
“Kharif season marks the maximum cultivation in state. Good monsoon results in maximum yield of paddy. This year state government has set the target of sowing kharif crops in 48 lakh hectare area. Paddy will be sown in 36 lakh 50 hectares of paddy. Pulses will be sown in nearly 4 lakh hectares, oilseeds will be sown in three lakh hectares, sugarcane and vegetables etc will be sown in nearly 1.5 hectare, Dr Singh informed.
Chief Minister further informed that last year more than 16 lakh farmers were benefitted under Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme for kharif and rabi crops. Total premium amount of Rs 340 crores were paid to the beneficiary farmers by State Government. This includes 50-50 per cent contribution of State and Centre. This year also arrangements have been made to benefit the farmers under crop insurance scheme.
This crop insurance scheme started by PM Modi for farmers is not only related to scanty rainfall. Its scope is way broader than that. This scheme is a boon for farmers providing security cover to their crops against the damage caused due to fire, flood or other factors. Under this scheme, nominal premium of 2 per cent is taken and insurance of entire crop is done, he added.