Contributes over 40 percent organic farming
Bhopal, January 1, 2016 (Ataullah Faizan): Madhya Pradesh has registered 25 percent increase in agriculture production this year. Agriculture production was 4.50 crore MT this year compared to 3.60 crore MT last year. Production of food grains has also increased by 30 percent. It was 2.22 crore MT last year, which has increased to 3.21 crore MT this year. Giving details of departmental activities during one year, Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Development Minister Mr. Gaurishankar Bisen informed that pulses production has increased by 20 percent. It was 38.20 lakh MT last year, which has increased to 47.48 lakh MT. Similarly, about one lakh MT increase has been recorded in oilseed production. Wheat and paddy production has increased by 5 percent, maize 10 percent and mustard production has increased by 4 percent.
In the state, organic farming area was 1.60 lakh hectares, which has increased by about 10 times to 17.58 lakh hectares this year. Madhya Pradesh enjoys the distinction of contributing over 40 percent organic production of the country. Similarly, pump power has increased to 1.36 kilowatt per hectare. Paddy was planted through SIR Method in 5.48 lakh hectares this year to maximize production.
Farmers were provided 20 thousand conoweeders and 10 thousand markets on 90 percent subsidy. Third crop area in the state has also increased. This year, third crop was produced in about 3 lakh hectares. Additional 2 lakh hectare in Bundelkhand wes brought under line sowing. Rate of seed replacement has risen by over 21 percent.
Mr. Bisen informed that soybean sowing operations with ridge and furrow method were undertaken in 36 lakh hectares in the state this year. Deep ploughing under Haldhar Yojana has been made in 60 thousand hectares. In all, 200 villages have been developed under Yantradoot Yojana. As many as 730 custom hiring centres were set up in private sector and 510 new ones are being set up.
Under the schemes, maximum Rs. 10 lakh subsidy has been given. He informed that 992 lakh SMSes were sent for timely advice to farmers. Krishi Mahotsav was celebrated from May 25 to June 15 to make farmers aware and distribute agricultural implements to them. During the period, Kisan Rath-Yatras, special camps, agriculture symposiums were held in all development blocks and state level farmers’ fair and exhibition was organized.
During Mahotsav, over 2.50 lakh agriculture kits and 6.75 lakh horticulture kits were distributed. At special camps, 2.50 lakh animals were vaccinated, 900 new milk producing societies formed, about 3 lakh Kisan Credit Cards, 90 lakh Khata-Khatauni and one lakh 40 thousand loan-books were distributed. For horticulture and forestry, 50 thousand saplings were provided with fee and benefit of permanent pump connection was given to 47 thousand fields. During Mahotsav, farmers donated 5049 quintal food grains for special diet for Anganwadis.