Brijmohan inaugurates first ‘Kisan Bazaar’ of State
The first ' Kisan Bazaar' of Chhattisgarh was inaugurated by Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal as a part of State Government's Lok Suraj Mission here.
While presiding over the function as chief guest Agrawal said that the State Government had been working relentlessly for the welfare of farmers in the State.
The farmers will get better prices for their produce at the Kisan Bazaar, he said.
The buyers will also get vegetables at better prices. Fifty more elevated platforms will be built as the response from farmers had been positive. Farmers can also sell fruits at the bazaar, Agrawal said.
The Minister also performed 'Bhoomi pujan' of senior citizens' park, differently-abled persons' park, accupressure park, entertainment park, open air gymnasium and Yoga park at Rudri.
The total expenditure is Rs 73.70 lakh. He also spoke to the farmers and purchased some vegetables.
He said that a Kisan Mall will be built at a cost of Rs Five crore on the premises. Fertilizers, seeds, organic farming methods guidelines will be provided.
Five shops will be allocated to organic farmers, the Minister said.
He called upon the farmers to adopt fish farming, animal husbandry, horticulture crops and increase their incomes, Agrawal said.
Meanwhile, under Lok Suraj Abhiyaan, Agrawal earlier had chaired a review meeting of officials of Dhamtari district and issued directives to ensure availability of drinking water and electricity supply during summer season in rural areas.
On Wednesday, after the day-long visit to Dhamtari district, the Minister chaired a meeting to conduct department-wise review of applications received under Lok Suraj Abhiyan, at the conference hall of Jila Panchayat Dhamtari.
He had also directed that farmers welfare should be the priority.
In the meeting, it was informed that total 68 public redressal camps will be held in the district, during Lok Suraj Abhiyan. This includes 44 Gram Panchayats and 24 urban bodies. It was also informed that cluster of 8-10 panchayats in rural areas will be made, where public redressal camps will be held.
Likewise in urban bodies, camps for 2-6 wards will be held in a particular ward. It was informed that total 1,02,303 applications were received in the district, including 98,572 related to demands and 3,367 applications related to complaints, officials informed.
Till date, 68,430 demands and 1184 complaints have been redressed. Most of these applications were related to Prime Minister Rural Housing Scheme. It was also informed that under the scheme, 12,900 houses were sanctioned last year, out of which construction of three thousand houses is nearing completion.
In view of the rising temperature this summer, Agrawal reviewed the drinking water facility in the district. Executive Engineer PHE Department informed that there are total 9,450 handpumps in the district. Out of the 2,711 handpumps installed in 166 villages, 641 handpumps have become dysfunctional due to declining groundwater table.
But alternative drinking-water supply arrangements in form of 52 Nal Jal Yojana, 71 spot source scheme, 301 single phase/solar based Nal-Jal Yojana has been made. Besides, on department vehicle and five mobile vans have also been arranged so that handpumps can be repaired on report, officials informed.
Notably, the Chhattisgarh Government last year had prepared a five-year master plan to provide a fillip to the cultivation of horticulture based crops in the State.
The master plan is for the period 2017-18 to 2021-22, officials informed.
Horticulture is a sunrise sector in the State. The Horticulture crops cover an acreage of 7.41 lakh hectares and production is about 85.95 lakh metric tonnes, officials informed.
The acreage under horticulture crops had increased several times since 2004-05.
According to the master plan, the target is to increase acerage of horticulture crops by about 4.52 lakh hectares. The increase in acerage will cover fruits, vegetables, masala (spices) crops and flowers.
Under the Central Government's Micro-Irrigation Mission Project about 75,000 hectares land had been brought under micro-irrigation in Chhattisgarh. The proposal is to bring in additional 2.34 lakh additional land under the micro-irrigation during the next five years.
An additional investment of Rs 1405 crore is likely to be incurred on the project. Farmers will be trained in the processing of horticulture crops.
Additional training centers in production of horticulture crops will be established under the Private Partnership Plan (PPP), officials informed.
Agriculture expert teams also will visit all the villages in the State and guide the farmers. About 30,000 farmers and 185 employees will be trained in the coming years and 100 farmers will be sent overseas on a study tour.
The Horticulture Department officials said that under the Post-Harvest Management, a network of cold storages and pack houses will be established to prevent the damage of perishable commodities like fruits, vegetables and flowers in the entire state.
About Rs 90.81 crore is likely to be invested in the project. Green Houses, shade net houses, mulching will be established at a cost of Rs 321 crore.
To encourage mechanisation of Horticulture, 20 Horse Power tractors, rotavator, power spryer, light trap instruments will be supplied to the farmers at a cost of Rs 16.74 crore. Honey bee industry will be doubled in due course of time. There is a proposal to invest Rs 6.40 crore in the rearing of honey bees .
Prime Minister Crop’s Insurance Scheme will help farmers to cover up the losses. About 90 nurseries out of 122 nurseries will be upgraded. The vegetables are grown on 4.14 lakh hectares of land.
Ten minor and three major Plug Type Vegetable Seedling Units are operating at present. An additional 20 minor and 10 major units will be established soon. Ten lakh saplings will be planted every year.
There are immense possibilities in growing mangoes, guavas, lemon, Amla, Pomegranate, berries, custard apple, Litchi, 'Naspati', Peech, Plumes and the acreage will be increased by 1.37 lakh hectares every year.
A Mother Tree Resource Center will be developed at Naya Raipur for the benefit of farmers. A State-level Training Center will be established to introduce farmers to high-grade plants.
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