Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will dedicate 985 community cowsheds built at a cost of Rs 260 crore and
lay the foundation stone of 145 community cowsheds to be built at a cost of Rs 50 crore in various gram panchayats of the state at a state-level Mission Earth Programme to be held at Minto Hall, Bhopal on April 3. Along with this, Chief Minister Chouhan will dedicate 1821 beneficiary-based animal shelters built at a cost of Rs 13 crore 50 lakhs, and lay the foundation of 2632 animal shelters going to be built at a cost of about Rs 22 crore. He will dedicate and lay the foundation of 8310 works worth Rs 384 crores of various types of beneficiary-oriented animal shelters besides community cowsheds and pasture development under NREGA. Under the scheme, 279 pastures will be developed at the cost of Rs. 38 crore 61 lakh for continuous supply of fodder to the cattle.
Facilities for animal husbandry along with agricultural production, are also being provided by the state government in rural areas to generate more income. Improper living conditions adversely affect the health of animals leading to financial loss to the breeders. Taking the difficulties of the villagers into account, the state government decided to build animal shelters on their personal land on a large scale through MNREGA.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will inaugurate a conference of farmer producer organizations and beneficiaries of Agricultural Infrastructure Fund on this day. Under the Livelihood Mission of Rural Development Department, 45 farmer producer companies have been formed with an annual turnover of Rs 379 crore. These include 39 agricultural crop based companies, 4 milk production based, one minor forest produce based and one poultry based. Thirty-one companies have been set up specifically to encourage women farmers.
Good quality seeds, pesticides, fertilizers, purchase of crops at fair price through procurement process, fixed bonus per quintal are being provided to farmers in the state through farmer producer companies and organizations,. The company categorizes the purchased grains and sells it in the market thus generating profit. The company provides farmers with training in agricultural technology for maximum yield at a lower cost than the amount of profit, and provides cooperative guidance. One lakh 72 thousand 87 farmers have been benefited by adding them to farmer producer companies of the state.