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Innovations to be encouraged along with execution of new schemes in agriculture

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Madhya Pradesh with an agriculture oriented economy is determined to make farmers capable and prosperous. The state government has constantly promoted agricultural welfare schemes and innovations. Historic decisions have also been taken in the interest of farmers.

The State Cooperative Marketing Federation has been authorized to procure summer moong and urad from registered farmers for the summer year 2020-21 and marketing year 2021-22. The procurement of these crops will be done by next September 15. Till now, 3 lakh 29 thousand metric tonne summer moong has been procured on support price.

Madhya Pradesh is now the leading state in wheat procurement. Provision of e-trading was made by amending the Agricultural Produce Market Act and the farmers were provided the facility to sell the crop from the procurement center as well as the authorized private procurement center and deal-sheet system of the mandi in the interest of the farmers.

Madhya Pradesh is also among the six states that have been selected as a trial under the Pradhan Mantri Swamitva Yojana. The state government is working with coordination and administrative firmness to ensure that the farmers of the state get maximum benefit from this scheme. The first beneficiary of the scheme, Rambharos Vishwakarma, is a resident of Harda district of the state.

The state has received an allocation of Rs 7500 crore in 2020-21 for Agriculture Infrastructure Fund, in which the state ranks first in the country. In order to achieve the goal of doubling the income of farmers, setting up of modern mandis, food parks, chain of cold storages as well as construction of silos and warehouses are being encouraged in mission mode through this fund. With this, farmers can sell their produce on MRP in place of MSP.

The National Agriculture Infra Financing Facility (AIF) portal has received 2,352 applications in a short span of time. These are being verified continuously and the payment of Rs 618 crores has also been done by the banks. The objective of this portal is to strengthen the infrastructure in the agriculture sector, so that the farmers can get access to the big markets of the country.

Farmers of the state are currenty getting Rs 6 thousand each per year under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi. In addition to this, Rs.4 thousand per year is now being given to farmers by the Madhya Pradesh government in two equal installments under the Mukhya Mantri Kisan Kalyan Samman Nidhi Yojana. In this way, farmers are now getting a total of Rs 10 thousand per year as Samman Nidhi.

In order to increase the income of the farmers, work is being done on priority for better management and irrigation projects. The target is to provide irrigation facility in 65 lakh hectare area in the state in the next 5 years.

Continuous work is being done under Digital Agriculture in Madhya Pradesh. Digital agriculture is the use of information technology (IT) to make agriculture socially, economically and environmentally beneficial and sustainable.

This way, it is the result of the efforts of the state government to ensure better plans, strategies, training, dialogue and participation in the agriculture sector that the farmers of the state are becoming self-reliant and leading partners in achieving the goal of Atmanirbhar Madhya Pradesh.