District Collector R. Sangeeta directed officials to make all preparations could so that paddy procurement could begin from December 1. She directed officials only to purchase 10 quintal paddy and that too form the entitled farmers registered with the societies. She also told the officials to inform these details to the farmers. Collector Shangeeta was addressing meeting of the nodal officers at Dhamdha.
Admiring agricultural development in Chhattisgarh Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said that farmers encouraged by state government's efforts seemed to be keen on farming of horticulture crops by adopting advanced farming techniques. Rao who arrived on Sunday on his two-day tour to Chhattisgarh said that farmers from Telangana would be sent to Chhattisgarh for training on advanced farming. On first day of his Chhattisgarh tour Telangana Chief Minister visited Komchi, Malpuri and Koudia villages bordering three districts to review farming of horticulture crops.
Agriculture Department has decked up its stall at Rajyotsav 2014 on the theme of advanced agricultural techniques. At the department's stall, models based on rainwater harvesting, organic farming, advanced agricultural technology etc, have been put on display. People are pouring in to capture playful activities of colourful fishes in Fishery Department's aquarium. Children seem amazed and allured to see so many varieties of fishes under one roof. Cattle, hens and birds kept at the stall of Animal Husbandry Department have also become a major attraction for visitors.
Within a short period of 14 years since its formation, Chhattisgarh has created its own identity at national-level for taking maximum number of decisions regarding farmer welfare and interest in last one decade. These decisions have borne positive and promising results. In Chhattisgarh, production of cereals has increased by 30 per cent, yield of pulses has increased by 69 per cent and that of oil seed crops has increased by 10 per cent. Moreover, area under cultivation of horticulture crops has also multiplied by eight times.
Agriculture College and Agriculture Research Centre, Boerdar in Raigarh district have developed the new varieties of turmeric and coriander that gives more immunity and better yield. Agriculture scientists have attained this success as the result of rigorous research and experiments of last nine years. Proposal for issuing notification regarding these newly-discovered varieties has been sent to Central Government's Notification Committee. As soon as the proposal is approved, seeds of these new variety turmeric and coriander will be made available to farmers.
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh today said that there was 30 % increase in production of food grains and 69% increase in oil seeds in the last 11 years. He was reviewing the functioning of the Agriculture Department at Mantralaya. The pulse production had increased by 10%. He stressed upon the need for public-private partnership in the Government agricultural farms. Chhattisgarh Agriculture Minister Mr Brijmohan Agrawal and other top officers of the department were present.
Union Agriculture Minister Mr Radhamohan Singh today announced the construction of a conference hall at a cost of Rs 3 crore on the premises of Indira Gandhi Agricultural University here. The hall will be in the name of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. He was speaking at the two-day seventh regional meet of the Indian Agricultural Research Council. On the instructions of Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh, he also announced the construction of a kisaan hostel in the name of Late Dr Khubchand Baghel in the capital.
Under Public Distribution System (PDS), State Government has allotted 48 thousand 024 quintals of rice for midday meal scheme in all 27 districts of state for this month. This includes 25 thousand 373 quintals of rice for primary schools and 22 thousand 651 quintals of rice for middle schools.
As a result of the measures taken by state government in tribal populated hilly areas of Chhattisgarh to encourage farmers, the area of land under corn cultivation is increasing significantly. Promising impact of the same has also been witnessed in Balrampur-Ramanujganj district of Sarguja Revenue Division. Large number of farmers is taking interest in corn cultivation in Baghima, Parsa and many other villages of Rajpur block of this district.
Agriculture Minister of Chhattisgarh Brijmohan Agrawal on Tuesday demanded exemption of income tax on income from animal husbandry, fishing and poultry farming. “Income from animal husbandry, fishing and poultry farming should also be exempted from income tax like agricultural income, as it would help in providing additional income and generating employment in these sectors,” he said while addressing a conference of ministers for Animal Husbandry, dairying and fisheries of all states and UTs here. Chhattisgarh Additional Chief Secretary Ajay Singh also attended the conference.