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PM Shri Narendra Modi Honours Madhya Pradesh with Krishi Karman Award

18 Mar 2018
PM Shri Narendra Modi Honours Madhya Pradesh with Krishi Karman Award

Madhya Pradesh has been honoured with Krishi Karman Award for the year 2015-16. The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi presented the awards for various categories in Krishi Unnat Mela at New Delhi today. The Award for Madhya Pradesh was received by Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The award included a trophy, a citation and cash reward of Rs. 2 crore. Madhya Pradesh has been awarded in the category of wheat production for more than 10 lakh tonnes. This is the fifth time in succession that Madhya Pradesh has received the Krishi Karman Award. The State bagged the award in total Food Grain Production Category for the years 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2014-15 while for the years 2013-14 and 2015-16 the award is received in the field of production.

In addition, the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Krishi Vigyan Protsahan Puraskar has been awarded to Datia under central zone for progressive and integrated development of agriculture. The Prime Minister Shri Modi also laid the foundation stone of three Krishi Vigyan Kendras at Agar Malwa, Singrauli and Alirajpur by using remote. Apart from this, Krishi Karman Award for Progressive Farmers were given away by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Smt. Aruna Joshi of Pannari Village, Hoshangabad for achieving 104.60 quintal/hectare and Shri Naresh Patel of Kanwas village, Narsinghpur for achieving 99.8 quintal/hectare of wheat production.

Unprecedented Increase in Wheat Production in State

An unprecedented increase has been registered in Madhya Pradesh in wheat production. The wheat production was 73 lakh 27 thousand metric tonne in the year 2004-05, which has increased to 219 lakh 18 thousand metric tonne in the year 2016-17. Wheat productivity has become 34.13 quintal per hectare in the year 2016-17 as compared to 18.21 quintal per hectare during 2004-05. The state has left Punjab and Haryana behind in wheat production. The sharbati and durum wheat of Madhya has not only established its identity in the country but abroad too. The sharbati wheat of Madhya Pradesh is famous acroos the country.

State’s Agriculture Growth Rate is Maximum in Country

The agriculture growth rate of Madhya Pradesh has been recorded 18 percent during the last 5 years, which is maximum in the country. A road map has already been prepared in the state to double the farmers’ income and work in this connection has been started by the agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, fisheries, forestry, irrigation, sericulture and cottage and village industries department. Moreover, Madhya Pradesh is also holding a top position for seed certification. A total of 40 lakh quintal certified seeds are being produced currently in the state.   

Krishi Karman Award is a Result of Pro- Farmers Decisions

It is to be highlighted that several decisions have been taken in the interest of the farmers during the last 14 years in the state. As a result of these decisions, remarkable increase has been recorded in the wheat production. Irrigation facility was available to 7 lakh 50 hectare area in the year 2004-05, which has grown to 40 lakh hectare in the year 2016-17.

Moreover, it is to be pointed out here that free soil health cards to 88 lakh farmers in the year 2015-16 in the state. Madhya Pradesh is the first state of the country, where soil testing laboratory is being established at each block. Currently, construction of 265 soil testing laboratories costing Rs. 100 crore is underway. Under the agriculture mechanization, 2 thousand custom hiring centers have been set up. On the lines of these centers, a custom processing and service center scheme is being introduced shortly for the rural youth in the state.

Crop Loan at Zero Percent Interest Rate

Agriculture loan at the rate of below zero percent is being provided to the farmers from the year 2016-17 as compared to loan at the rate of 18 percent in the year 2004-05. An amount of Rs. 11 thousand 941 has been distributed to the farmers in the form of loan in the year 2016-17.

Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana

In order to protect the farmers from the loss due to variations in prices of agriculture produces in mandis, the Bhavantar Bhugtan has been launched for 8 crops namely soybean, ground nut, seasame, ramtil, maize, moong, urad and tuar under the Kharif-2017. Under the scheme, over 28 lakh metric tonne agriculture produces have already been sold by 15 lakh farmers in the mandis. The Bhavantar rashi (difference amount) of Rs. 1512 crore has been deposited in the bank account of 10 lakh 50 thousand registered farmers from October till December in the year 2017. The scheme will be continued for Rabi 2017-18. Moreover, gram, masoor, mustard, onion and garlic have been included under the Rabi. Under the scheme, 25 percent payment and its interest of the total stored quantity in the licensee warehouses will be borne by the state government.

Mukya Mantri Krishi Utpadakta Protsahan Yojana

The state government has taken a decision to give protsahan rashi (incentive amount) of Rs. 200 per quintal on wheat and paddy to 9 lakh farmers under the Mukhya Mantri Krishi Utpadakta Protsahan yojana for Rabi 2016-17 and Kharif 2017 respectively. An amount of Rs. 1700 crore will be spent on the scheme.

Union Agriculture Minister Shri Radhamohan Singh, Agriculture Ministers of State Shri Purushottam Rupala, Shri Gajendra Shekhawat and Smt. Krishna Raj, State’s Agriculture Minister Shri Gauri Shankar Bisen, Principal Secretary, Agriculture Dr. Rajesh Rajora, Agriculture Production Commissioner Shri P.C. Meena and Director Agriculture Shri Mohan Lal Meena were present in the award presentation programme