Jharkhand: On Independence Day, CM Hemant Soren announces new welfare scheme for farmers | Ranchi News

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RANCHI: Chief minister Hemant Soren announced a new agriculture scheme for the welfare of the state’s farmers during his Independence Day speech on Sunday.
Addressing the function at the Morhabadi ground, Soren said, “This year, we are bringing in a new scheme titled Samekit Birsa Gram Vika Yojana cum Krishak Pathshala. In the first phase of the scheme, one agriculture farm in every district will be selected. These will be provided with various state-of-the-art technologies and tools of modern-day farming for horticulture, livestock rearing and pisciculture apart from new irrigation techniques. Through this scheme, the farmers will be provided training and will be empowered to increase their incomes.”
Following his announcement, the state department of agriculture, animal husbandry and dairy development on Monday said finer details of the scheme are still being chalked out. An approximate budget of Rs 50 crore has been allotted for the scheme for the ongoing fiscal, the department said.
Under the scheme, there is a proposal to utilize the farms owned by the state agriculture department or bring any unutilized cultivable land, which is owned by the state government, into use. “There will be classrooms for the farmers where they will be taught by experts who will be hired via a third party implementing agency. These centres will provide training and hand-holding in various disciplines to the farmers under one roof. This will in turn give the farmers the much-needed exposure,” agriculture secretary Abubacker Siddiqui told TOI.
In his address, Soren also said two-lakh farmers of the state have been sanctioned loans worth Rs 587 crore under the Birsa Kisan scheme, which was launched on August 9 this year.
“Our government aims to increase the contribution of agriculture-related activities in the state’s GDP to 20% from 12%,” he said, stressing that the government is aiming at providing grants of Rs 147 crore to over 62,000 farmers under the Pashu Dhan Yojana.
He added, “Efforts are also underway to set up model cold storages having a net storage capacity of 5,000 metric tonnes in various districts.”

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