Maharashtra: Govt all geared up for Kharif season, says Eknath Khadse

Around 58 lakh hectares in the state have been affected due to two consecutive droughts.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Updated: May 14, 2016 1:31:29 am

The state government has made over 17 lakh quintal of seeds available for the coming Kharif season in addition to at least 12 lakh tonnes of fertilisers for farmers. This year has seen scanty rain and drought conditions so far, good rains are slated to change the fate of the farmers and officials have to keep a watch and implement new techniques of farming, said revenue minister Eknath Khadse in a meeting on Friday at the agriculture commissioner’s office in the city.

The minister urged that there was a need for farmers to change their farming methods. Addressing the meeting, he said for BT cotton, the requirement of 160 lakh packets is being supplemented with 200 lakh packets. Among the traditional crops which are being recommended to farmers in drought-hit districts are soyabean, jowari, bajra, sunflower, tur dal and ragi (mid-July to mid August) among others. However, there is also emphasis on promoting intercrops and short crop cycle to bring better remunerations to farmers.

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With the IMD predicting an average rainfall of over 106 per cent across the state and higher than normal rain at 138 per cent in eight districts of Marathwada, the government is gearing up to take advantage of the good monsoons. For the coming kharif seasons, the requirement is for 15 lakh quintal seeds and provision has been made for 17 lakh quintal seeds. The minister said efforts would be made to make recommendations on establishing more onion warehouses for the state.

Around 58 lakh hectares in the state have been affected due to two consecutive droughts. However, this time the monsoon is expected to be normal because of which the state has planned for 14.53 lakh quintal of seed distribution. Since farmers will not be eligible for fresh loans unless they repay these loans, the government has decided to restructure the entire amount of Rs 7,500 crore. These loans will be restructured into a medium term five-year period and the interest for the first year will be entirely borne by the state government. Some 41.75 lakh tonnes of fertilisers will be available to farmers. The government has also decided to promote the cultivation of pulses. Normally, soybean is cultivated on 60-70 per cent area of Marathwada and Vidarbha regions. This time, the attempt is to encourage the cultivation of pulses as well. The effort is to establish a research centre for Tur dal in Marathwada, Vidarbha and Khandesh.

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Steps taken

1) For the coming kharif seasons, the requirement is for 15 lakh quintal seeds and 17 lakh quintals have been provided with12 lakh tonnes of fertilisers for farmers.
2) For BT cotton, the requirement of 160 lakh packets is being supplemented with 200 lakh packets.
3) Soyabean, jowari, bajra, sunflower, tur dal and ragi crops are being recommended to farmers.
4) Emphasis on promoting intercrops and short crop cycle to bring better remunerations to farmers.

 

 

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