New roadmap prepared for riddance from crisis of drought

Movement to be run to bring all farmers under cooperative network

Giving and taking farming on lease to be given legal status

Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan at Krishi Manthan

lead4.11.15Bhopal, November 4, 2015 (Muslim Saleem):   Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan finalized new roadmap to save farming and farmers from drought in future and make agriculture profitable here today. Senior IAS, IPS and IFS officers put forth suggestions after group discussions to make agriculture profitable, various alternatives and means to make farming more effective during Krishi Manthan at Academy of Administration. It is noteworthy that on the directives of the Chief Minister, these officers had undertaken visits to villages and assesses crop loss. Recommendations based on field experience and agriculture experts’ suggestions were submitted to chalk out new roadmap.

The Chief Minister directed to chalk out an action plan on the recommendations which are worthy of being implemented immediately and constituted a high level committee to finalise remaining recommendations. As per new roadmap of agriculture, senior police, administration and forest service officers will visit villages one in every 3 months. They would send reports about implementation of schemes to government and also solve problems on the spot. This would be a regular administrative exercise.  The Chief Minister directed to chalk out an action plan as per these recommendations. He said that challenge of drought situation will be converted into an opportunity to further improve agriculture and rid farmers of crisis permanently. During presentation, suggestions were put forth by different groups.

Group for Indore-Ujjain divisions suggested to chalk out specific schemes at state level to improve farm inputs, balanced use of fertilizers, soil testing campaign and make every district self-reliant in seeds. It also suggested use of organic fertilizers should be promoted. Combined Disaster Relief Fund should be constituted by merging disaster relief and crop insurance. Energy Department should conduct a campaign to give permanent power connections. Solar energy should be promoted in remote areas. Subsidy-based agriculture implements should be stopped. Mandi Act should incorporate provision of grading. Vegetable route should be developed on the lines of Milk Route. A training programme should be conducted to promote alternative employment activities for farmers.