The introduction of the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana by the Chhattisgarh government has encouraged farmers to explore a wider range of crops.
The government offers a subsidy of Rs 9,000-10,000 per acre to farmers for cultivating crops other than paddy. Consequently, farmers in Janjgir-Champa district are shifting from paddy cultivation to alternative crops.
Laxmi Jaiswal, a progressive farmer from Rasota village in the district, has shifted from paddy to groundnuts. He has benefitted from subsidies offered under the scheme.
He is also receiving support from the agricultural department.
He explained that choosing alternative crops not only helps maintain soil quality but also ensures a steady and higher income during a specific period.
Presently, he is cultivating groundnuts on three acres of land, generating an income of about Rs 60,000 per acre and earning lakhs of rupees in total.
He intends to expand the cultivation of groundnuts in the upcoming season.