Ranchi (By our correspondent): Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh patted the back of Chief Minister Raghubar Das and described him as the first CM of the state who was working with dedication for the development of the villages and progress of the
farmers. Addressing the Global Agriculture and Food Summit at Khelgaon here today he said it is the belief of the Chief Minister in his
farmers that Jharkhand has leap fogged the Southern States in the area of fisheries and has made its mark as a leading producer of fish in the nation.
He said that while in the year 2013-14 the fish production was 1 lakh tonne which doubled to 2.11 lakh tonnes while production of the fish seedlings has witnessed a quantum jump of 181 percent from 100 crore seeds in 2013-14 to 1060 crore seeds in 2018-19. Mr Singh said that under the dynamic leadership of the Chief Minister the state was making rapid progress. He said that post the formation of the government the funds in the state disaster fund had been increased.
He said that 4 years ago it was Rs 33 crore which has now been increased to Rs 61 crore and the state government has already distributed Rs 21 crore from that amount. Mr Singh said that the MSP on paddy had been hiked to Rs 1750 per quintal while the input cost was Rs 1186. He said for organic farming in the state 250 clusters have been formed. The minister pointed that four years ago the states received nothing for farm equipments but in this government, a sum of Rs 12.37 crore has been approved so that farmers can get farm equipment at cheaper rates.
Mr Singh said for lac cultivation the fund allocation has been also hiked from Rs 600 crore to Rs 1128 crore. Mr Singh
said that the inauguration of the Indian Institute of Bio-Technology which is being built in Hazaribagh would be inaugurated in January
2019 by the means of which trained man power would be created and thanked the Chief Minister for his vision of thinking to set up another agriculture university in the state. He said that the government was working round the clock to develop the technology in agriculture.
The minister asked the state and its farmers to focus more on dairy production and described animal husbandry as the backbone of the agricultural economy of the nation. He said that to promote artifical insemination 1000 artifical insemination centers have been set up while Rs 58 crore has been approved to improve the breed of domestic cow against just Rs 8 crore earlier. The minister said that it was the dream of Mahatma Gandhi that after independence the villages and the farmers should be made strong however the dreams of the father of the nation remained unfulfilled and despite efforts, sucess could not be achieved.
He said that the Swaminathan Commission had charted out 201 points as suggestions for the betterment of the farmers and it was the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi which has taken steps for the betterment of the farmers while the budetory allocation for the agriculture sector had also been increased. Mr Singh said that when this government came into power 99 big projects were pending and under this government, 40 such projects have been completed. The minister also detailed the various other initiatives taken by the government for the betterment of farmers including distribution of the soil health cards usage of neem coating urea crop insurance scheme e-marketing focus on improving minor irrigation projects focus on organic farming.