Giridih: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that in a country where 70 per cent population lives in the village western industrialization was forced upon them and nobody cared for the farmers due to which they were forced to commit suicide.
Addressing the function organised here to distribute the second installment of funds under Mukhyamantri Krishi Aashirwad Yojana he said that inorder to increase the purchasing power of the farmers and to increase their income the central government started the Pradhanmantri Kissan Samman Nidhi Yojana under which for the next 10 years for agriculture works in the accounts of the farmers a sum of Rs 6000 will be provided.
After being influenced by the scheme of the central government and with the view to provide them with double benefits the state government started the Mukhyamantri Krishi Aashirwad Yojana under which the 25 per cent amount of the second installment is being given in the accounts of the farmers and soon the third installment will also be in their accounts.
He said that the Jharkhand government has set a target to give Rs 3000 crore in the accounts of the farmers and asked them to get their registration done as soon as possible. He said that the money being provided to the farmers will be beneficial in providing them with necessary resources for agriculture works as the state government was of the view that they should not spread their hands infront of others but undertake agriculture from their own money.
The Chief Minister said that on two occasions the state government has sent group of farmers to Israel so that they can learn methods as to how agriculture productivity can be increased with per drop of water. He said that the farmers who have returned from Israel are now working as master trainers and making the other farmers of their area learn the tricks of modern farming so that their income increases.
Mr Das urged the farmers not to remain dependent on the agriculture works as it can not double their income and in this animal husbandry can be handy therefore the state government was providing cow on 90 per cent subsidy to the poor women and youth can also get involved in dairy as the government will be providing them wish 50 per cent subsidy.
Mr Das said that for agriculture it is important to have irrigation resources and pointed that the farmers were not able to take advantage of the big projects but the present state government is working to bring smaller dams and making efforts to stop the rainwater so that the farmers are able to get water for their irrigation purpose.
He said that for the farmers separate feeders are being constructed through which they will be provided 6 hours of electricity for agriculture needs. Those present on the occasion included Koderma MP Annapurna Devi, many MLAs and others.