Issues related to agriculture and farmer welfare discussed
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan met Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and discussed in detail the issues related to agriculture and farmer welfare. Chief Minister Chouhan requested to increase the limit of procurement of gram, masoor and mustard for Rabi 2020-21. He told that like other years, there is a possibility of sufficient increase in the production of gram, mustard and masoor this year as a good crop is expected. Chief Minister Chouhan informed that the potential production of gram this year is 58.06 lakh MT and under the price support scheme, the state is entitled to a maximum limit of 14.51 lakh MT for the procurement of gram in Rabi 2020-21. Similarly, the potential production of mustard is 15.60 lakh metric tonnes and the maximum limit in the price support scheme is nine lakh metric tonnes. Similarly, the production of masoor is expected to be 5 lakh 48 thousand metric tonnes this year.
Chief Minister Chouhan informed the Union Minister that 15 lakh metric tonnes of urea was demanded for Kharif 2020-21, but the Central Government has so far agreed to provide only 12.50 lakh metric tonnes of urea. Chouhan requested to release the remaining 2.5 lakh metric tonnes of urea soon. Similarly, he requested additional D.A.P. for Kharif 2020-21. He informed that the cost of D.A.P. production is continuously increasing in the international market. According to the current estimate for Kharif 2020-21, there is a requirement of 11 lakh metric tonnes of D.A.P. He requested the Union Minister to direct those concerned by establishing necessary coordination for this supply.
Chief Minister Chouhan demanded inclusion of Madhya Pradesh in the scheme to promote agricultural mechanization for in-situ management of crop residues. At present, the Government of India is running a special scheme for the management of crop residue in four states Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. Under this, modern technology farm machineries are being made available to farmers at 80 percent subsidy. He urged that this scheme should be started in Madhya Pradesh as well. It is known that the incidents of burning of narwai in Madhya Pradesh have increased significantly in the year 2020.