Ranchi: The Government of Jharkhand has come out with a new agriculture scheme, 'Kisan Kushali Yojana' (scheme for farmers' well being) to bring about qualitative improvement in socio-economic condition of marginal and small farmers in the state.
The proposed plan, which was recently approved by the state cabinet, intends to promote dual cropping pattern in those areas so far left out of irrigation net.
Besides, those living in non-agricultural areas would be given livestock for their sustainable development and would help the farmers in rearing of livestock.
It may be noted that around 10 per cent of cultivable land measuring 38 lakh hectares have the irrigation facility. Of that, farmers are able to take double crops only in 2-3 lakh hectares, while farming in the rest area are rain dependent.
"Under the scheme, the state government is contemplating to provide power tillers, tractors, mini-pump sets and digging wells, so that marginal farmers could take more than one crop in a year," Jharkhand Agriculture Director Nistar Minz said, adding that all the farm equipment would be given to farmers on heavy subsidy.
In the first phase, farmers of two blocks in each of the 24 districts would be benefitted from the scheme, sources said, adding that the state government had also waived tax being imposed on marginal vegetable vendors selling their produce in markets.
Earlier, with a view to mitigate problems of the farmers in Palamau, Garwah, Chatra and Latehar districts, which experienced scanty rainfall this monsoon, the state government declared them as drought-hit.
A few days ago, the Chief Minister had visited Garwah and Palamau and had said the state government would take all steps to help the farmers in the drought-hit districts.
A cabinet sub-committee had been formed to recommend steps for fighting recurring drought.
In another decision to set up a marketing complex in the state capital, the cabinet approved transfer of one acre and 19 decimal to Krishi Bazaar Samiti (agriculture market committee).