Doubling farmers’ income: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis to offer Rs 50 lakh incentive to boost group farming, water storage

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Updated: May 07, 2017 4:08 PM

Maharashtra government is ready to provide the state farmers financial incentives through integrated schemes of up to Rs 50 lakh.

Maharashtra government is ready to provide the state farmers financial incentives through integrated schemes of up to Rs 50 lakh. (Reuters)

Maharashtra government is ready to provide the state farmers financial incentives through integrated schemes of up to Rs 50 lakh. With this, the government wants to encourage group farming that will make agriculture economical as well as double the farm income. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis after his tour to Buldhana and Yavatmal districts on Saturday to review water conservation projects, held interactive sessions with farmers to explain group farming model. He also discussed various schemes, that included Jalyukta Shivar, affordable housing for poor, crop loan disbursements, farm ponds and relief and rehabilitation projects.

Fadnavis said that the state government can provide financial and logistic support complete with crop pattern and scientific farm practices to ensure double production of crops to help farmers, as reported by Indian Express. He further urged small and marginal farmers to join the model. He said that at least 20 farmers with a cumulative total land holding of 100 acres in every village should come together for farming.

According to government’s group farming model, it will help small and marginal farmers with land holding less than 2 hectares in minimising losses incurred by them. Chief Minister reassured that the ongoing Jalyukta Shivar works would be completed before the onset of monsoon. He also added that water storing structures would help farmers to go for multiple crops. During his visit, Fadnavis also interacted with the villagers in Buldhana to ascertain the progress and impact of farm ponds. At village Kurd (Buldhana), he monitored a water conservation project that can hold 5 TMC water. While in adjoining Asalgaon village, he reviewed the housing for the poor project under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

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