The state government has advised the farmers to advance the rabi crop sowing schedule due to deficient rainfall received so far this year.
Harshvardhan Patil,State Cooperation Minister,said on Monday that water intensive crops may not get sufficient water and there is strong possibility of losing of crops. To avoid a crop failure the farmers should opt for rabi crop which generally require less water. “Union government wants the state government to convince farmers to go for rabi crops,There’s limited water in the dams. To save water in the dams,the irrigation pattern needs to be changed from kharif to rabi,where crops with low water requirement can be cultivated. The state government will discuss the issue in detail on Wednesday with union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar. He is visiting the state to review the scarcity situation in the state,” Patil said.
Patil said that though the state government has planned an elaborate crop loan plan this year,all the farmers have not availed for loans,because in many areas there is no sufficient rainfall to initiate farming activities.
“National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has prepared a plan of Rs 67,122 crore for the year 2012-13 of which Rs 24,629 crore will be disbursed as short time crop loan. Compared to previous year,short time crop loan size is increased by 14 per cent.”
There are six district central cooperative banks that are under administration because it were not running professionally. In many banks,funds have been siphoned off by the director itself.
“In those six districts,the state will release the crop loan via Regional rural banks and also through the nationalised banks. The channel of nationalised banks will ensure farmers of crop loan that they need urgently. The DCC banks in crisis are from Dhule and Nandurbar,Jalna,Osmanabad,Buldhana,Wardha and Nagpur.”