Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that agricultural producer groups should be encouraged more and more for the development of farmers in the state. Kisan Credit Card should be made available to farmers in the state. Under the package announced by the central government, various departments should make proposals and send them for approval.
Chief Minister Chouhan was reviewing the meeting of higher officials in relation to the package announced by the Government of India to the departments of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Cooperative, Horticulture, Fisheries Welfare etc. under the Aatm-nirbhar Bharat Scheme in the Ministry today. Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains, Agriculture Production Commissioner K.K. Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Animal Husbandry J.N. Kansotiya, Additional Chief Secretary Anurag Jain, Principal Secretary Agriculture Ajit Kesari, Principal Secretary Cooperation Umakant Umrao were present.
It was informed that under the new centrally funded scheme of creating agricultural producer groups in the state, the target is to create 01 thousand agricultural producer groups from 2019-20 to 2023-24. Under this, 2 thousand crores on infrastructure development, government equity 15 lakh per farmer producer group and government credit guarantee will be Rs. 2 crore per agricultural producer group. At present there are 6 thousand 857 farmer groups in the state with which 2.25 lakh farmers are connected. They mainly do the work of seeds grading, processing, trading, organic farming, milk production, vegetable production etc.
Chief Minister Chouhan directed that e-NAM portal should be used for inter-state trade. It is currently being used for nominal purposes. It was informed that at present the facility of inter-state trade is available on the e-NAM portal of the Government of India. Instructions were also given to make the work of Agricultural Marketing Board more effective.
Chief Minister Chouhan said that the custom processing scheme should be started under Agricultural Engineering as suggested by the Government of India. Under this, farmers should be provided with the facility of primary processing, grading, etc. on their farm. This will enable farmers to get better prices for their produce.
Chief Minister Chouhan said that burning of narwai is also very harmful for the environment and farmers as well. After harvesting, farmers should be provided with equipment for harvesting the fodder. This will not only make the fodder available for the animals, but the farmers will also get a good price for the fodder.
Chief Minister Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh government provides loans for agriculture at zero percent interest to farmers. Along with this, many other schemes are being run for their welfare. Kisan Credit Card must be made available to every farmer for their loan requirement so that they do not have to take loan from sahukars.
Chief Minister Chouhan said that a network of regional mandis is to be prepared for cultivation and marketing of medicinal plants in the next two years in 10 lakh hectare area as per the package of the Central Government. Action should be taken in this regard. It was informed that expansion of herbal farming is proposed in an area of 10 thousand hectare in the state.
Chief Minister Chouhan directed that fishery farming should be promoted in the state more and more, so that fishermen should get maximum work and employment. Fish producing groups can also be formed for this. It was told that the fish of Gandhi Sagar Dame in the state is in great demand in other states.
According to the announcement of the Central Government, Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund will be created at the cost of 15 thousand crore to encourage private investment in animal husbandry in the state. Additional Chief Secretary JN Kansotiya informed that under the scheme, private entrepreneurs of animal husbandry sector in Madhya Pradesh should be encouraged for private investment in milk processing, value addition and animal feed infrastructure.