Govt to give farmer-centric programs in agriculture-CM Bommai


Mysuru, Jan. 27:
The government will give the farmer-centric programs in agriculture in the coming days, said Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

Speaking after inaugurating the Krishi Mela organised by Vijayavani Kannada daily and Digvijay News here on Friday, he said farmers are living in uncertainty and programs must be chalked out to bring certainty in them. This will be given due importance in the coming budget. There is a scientific system to fix  loan for land but the banks don’t follow it. Need of the hour is to bring the overall changes for the integrated rural agriculture-based farming and for which a new scheme is formulated.
Scientific report to hike loan limit

He said farmers are facing problems in the distribution of seeds and fertilizers and that will be addressed by formulating a scheme for the small and marginal farmers. Instructions are given to submit a scientific report to hike the loan limit for farmers. After the receipt of the report steps will be taken to hike the loan limit in the budget. In regard to farmers crops, a scientific report is required on the basis of the rainfall pattern in the last ten years and that report must be implemented. It will reduce loss to farmers.

Launch of Raith Shakti

He said Rs 500 crore will be transferred through DBT into the bank accounts of farmers on Jan 31  towards the subsidy for the machinery and diesel. The Yashasvini scheme has been relaunched since last year and as many as 36 lakh farmers have registered their names and Rs 300 crore has been released. Instructions are given to make the suitable changes in the scheme to suit the present day medical system.
This year, 31 lakh farmers are given loan through the cooperative institutions and an additional three lakh farmers will be given loan. A number of thoughts are being translated into programs. The climate change will impact agriculture as well as agri-related research. Both farmers and government must make changes accordingly to face the challenges. The climate change and Covid have thrown a big challenge to the world food security. The neighbouring nations are facing the severe food shortages but the picture is quite contrary in India where there is food security. “The country is in a position to feed 133 crore people due to hard work of farmers. The life of farmers haa not changed and the government must think about it.