Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that farmers will get fertilizers and seeds of good quality as per their requirement in sufficient quantity for Kharif crops. Adequate quantity of D.A.P., Urea and other fertilizers is available in the state, which will be made available to the farmers comfortably through Cooperative Societies and traders. Farmers should get their demand noted in the concerned societies for fertilizers and seeds. Chouhan was reviewing the Kharif inputs arrangements at Mantralaya. Minister for Agriculture Kamal Patel, Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains, Agriculture Production Commissioner K.K. Singh, Principal Secretary Agriculture Ajit Kesri, Principal Secretary Cooperative Umakant Umrao and Director Agriculture Sanjeev Singh were present at the meeting.
Advance storage of fertlisers
Chief Minister directed that fertlizers should be stored in advance in all the cooperatives. There is no restriction on the movement of vehicles carrying essential items during lockdown.
Promote Kodo, Kutki, Jwar and Bajra
Chouhan instructed that crops like Kodo, Kutki, Jwar and Bajra should be promoted in the state. These crops are good for health and are beneficial in illnesses like diabetes.
Ensure best quality seeds
It was informed in the meeting that soybean crop was badly damaged last year, due to which there is some shortage of soybean seeds this year. This time a target has been set to sow 12.15 lakh quintals of soybean, out of which we have 7.56 lakh quintals of soybean seeds available and the remaining is to be arranged, which will be done. The Chief Minister gave instructions to ensure that the seeds provided to the farmers are not bad. It must be of the best quality.
Maize crop should be promoted
The Minister for Agriculture Kamal Patel suggested in the meeting that in view of shortage of soybean seeds, maize crop should be promoted in the state. This will facilitate farmers in getting good profit.
District wise review
In context to the supply of fertilizers through cooperative societies and private sectors in proportion to the demand of the farmers, the Chief Minister directed that district wise review should be made in this regard and then decision should be taken.
The Chief Minister instructed to ensure that black marketing of fertlizres, seeds etc. should be restricted in each district under any circumstances otherwise stringent action will be taken against the culprits.
Target to sow 144.6 lakh hectares land this season
The Principal Secretary Agriculture informed during the meeting that the target has been set to sow various crops in an area of 144.6 lakh hectares under the Kharif in the state this time. The maximum target for Soybean is 60 lakh hectares. The target for Paddy is 31 lakh hectares. Similarly, the target for Urad is 17.50 lakh hectares, 16 lakh hectares for Maize, 6.50 lakh hectares for Cotton, 4.50 lakh hectares for Arhar, 4.50 lakh hectares for Sesame/Ram-Til, 2.50 lakh hectares for Groundnut, 2 lakh hectares for Moong and 0.10 lakh hectare of other pulses have been set.
Advance storage of 6.05 lakh MT fertilizers It was informed in the meeting that 6.05 lakh MT of main fertilizers have been stored in advance while their target is 9.40 lakh MT. 1.42 lakh MT of urea against the target of 4 lakh MT, 3.60 lakh MT of DAP against 4 lakh MT, 0.73 lakh MT complex against 1 lakh MT and 0.30 lakh MT potash against 0.40 lakh MT have already been stored in advance