Chhattisgarh to reward farmers through new scheme -Varghese K George

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published Published on May 20, 2020   modified Modified on May 21, 2020

-The Hindu

Baghel says scheme will cover rice, maize and sugarcane farmers to begin with, and will expand to other crops later

Farmers in Chhattisgarh would get up to 13,000 an acre a year under a new income support programme announced by the State government. The Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyaya Yojana would kick off on Thursday, 19th death anniversary of the former Prime Minister. In the first instalment, 1,500 crore would be distributed among 18 lakh farmers, more than 80% of them small and marginal, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel told The Hindu. The annual cost of the scheme would be 5,700 crore.

Mr. Baghel said the scheme would cover rice, maize and sugarcane farmers to begin with, and would expand to other crops later. Rice and maize farmers would get 10,000 an acre while sugarcane farmers would get 13,000. The money would be distributed in four instalments. “This will help them through the agricultural cycle and hopefully help with extension activities. Chhattisgarh gets more than 50 inches of rain annually, but our irrigation facilities need improvement. Most farmers are able to cultivate only one season. That needs to change.” The additional income to farmers would increase rural demand and also act as a stimulus for the State’s economy, he noted.

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The Hindu, 20 May, 2020,

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