The state government has decided to promote the group farming model across Maharashtra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Monday. The government has provided Rs 26,000 crore capital investment for agriculture sector. At present, group farming projects are under way in Yavatmal and Osmanabad districts. The state has provided Rs 2,500 crore for it.
Under the group farming model, in every village, at least 20 farmers with a cumulative land holding of 100 acres come together for collective farming. It also mandates that the landholding of each farmer should not exceed 10 acres.
During his day-long tour of Jalna district in Marathwada, the chief minister inspected the water conservation projects and its impact on the agriculture land in the district which often faced severe drought in the past. The chief minister reviewed the jalyukta shivar works at Kadwanchi in Jalna district. “The water conservation model has immensely worked in increasing the per capita income and agriculture productivity of the district. It is a model which needs to be adopted by other neighbourhood villages,” he said.