The State Government has issued directives to the Primary Cooperative Committees to make the payments of paddy farmers on supporting prices through bank during the procurement season starting from October 21. The paddy procurement will continue till 15th February 2014. According to information, Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh has instructed officials of Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Department to issue a circular to all primary cooperative societies in the state to make the payment of the paddy farmers through bank only.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has felicitated twenty-seven such progressive farmers of Chhattisgarh state, who by dint of hard work and benefiting themselves from farmers and agriculture oriented programmes of Dr. Raman Singh government, have set an example in increasing the agriculture output.
While agricultural activities go on in full swing in the wake of ongoing rainy season, increasing numbers of farmers are availing short-term agricultural loan facility at one per cent interest from the Primary Agricultural Produce Cooperative Societies of state. This loan facility at minimal interest rate initiated by State Government has emerged as a big relief for farmers of state while the existing nation-wide problem of inflation has increased the input cost of agriculture.
"Atal Van will develop as an important part of Chhattisgarh state's identity" said Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh during the plantation drive organized today at Atal Van in Kurru village of Naya Raipur, under 'Van Mahotsav 2013'. Today, at the plantation programme organized under 'Van Mahotsav 2013', Janpad Presidents, representatives of forest societies, school children and members of forest societies from across the 146 development blocks of state participated and planted saplings at Atal Van.
Chhattisgarh Agriculture Minister Shri Chandrashekhar Sahu today met Union Agriculture Minister Shri Sharad Pawar and sought his ministry’s intervention in the final allocation for the state under ‘Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY).
Showing priority for the rural upliftment, Agriculture and Labour Minister Chandrashekhar Sahu called on the labourers to show dedication towards their work and be a part of development in the State. The minister also appraised the labourers about the various and beneficial Policies of the State Government for the labourers.
Reduction in interest rates of short-term agricultural loans have yielded promising results in rural areas of Chhattisgarh. With each passing year, there has been a steep rise in the number of farmers availing the short-term agricultural loan facility at nominal rate of 1 per cent in Primary Agricultural Credit Societies affiliated to District Cooperative Central Banks. Till July 6, agricultural loan distribution of nearly Rs 1257 crores was recorded. Within just two days, this figure escalated significantly reaching Rs 1316.47 crores on July 8, as per the records.
As monsoons continue to bestow good rainfall in Chhattisgarh, the distribution of agricultural loans at 1 per cent interest under state government's scheme has also increased significantly. The primary agricultural credit cooperative societies, affiliated to District Cooperative Central Banks of state, have distributed short-term agricultural loans worth Rs 1256.67 crores till July 6, against the given target of distributing loans worth Rs 2300 crores in the current Kharif season.
Agriculture and Labour Minister Chandrashekhar Sahu inaugurated a government college at Block Headquarters Pali in Korba district. This college will offer admissions in arts, commerce and science stream. In his address to the inaugural programme, District In-charge Minister Chandrashekhar Sahu said that under the competent leadership of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, State Government is committed to provide higher education facility to the youths of every district, every tehsil, and every block of Chhattisgarh state. In the same sequence, a government college has been established at Pali.
Home, Jail and Cooperation Minister Nankiram Kanwar distributed nearly Rs 1.25 crore to 2425 labourers of primary forest produce cooperative societies in the programmes organized at village Kudmura, Chachiya and Madanpur, for collection of tendu-leaves in year 2012. He also distributed free of cost flip-flop footwear to about 1595 labourers of various forest produce cooperative societies.