Chhattisgarh is among top six states in the production of fish in the country. The state government encouraged the production of fish by giving numerous incentives to the fishermen. About 2 lakh 84 thousand metric ton fish was produced in the year 2013-14 in various irrigation waterways and fish tanks. About 18 lakh 79 thousand metric ton fish were produced in the last ten years in the entire state. In the year 2004-05 fishermen produced 1 lakh 20 thousand metric ton of fish which rose to 2 lakh 84 thousand metric ton last year.
Area of irrigated land in Chhattisgarh has significantly increased as a result of consistent efforts made by state government to expand the irrigation facilities in state. At the time of formation, irrigated area in state was not more than 20 per cent. But presently, the irrigated area in Chhattisgarh has increased to 34.20 per cent. In year 2001, irrigation facility was available for only 13.28 hectares of land, whereas at present, the state has irrigation facility for 19 lakh hectares.
State Government's Fishery Department provides financial aid to fishermen for purchasing boats and fishnets. This scheme was started in year 2007-08. Under this scheme, boats and fishnets worth Rs 7000 are distributed to fishermen. Officials of Fishery Department informed today that the department may issue entire amount of Rs 10,000 to fishermen for the sole purpose of purchasing fishnet only. Under this scheme, 250 fishermen were benefited in year 2011-12, 553 were benefited in year 2012-13 and 453 fishermen were benefited in year 2013-14.
In the state that leads in the field of paddy production, the hardworking farmers have become real heroes of agriculture, for now they have the facility of zero per cent interest on agricultural loans from this financial year 2014-15 as per the budget announcement of Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh.
Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh on Thursday presented Dr. Khubchand Baghel Krishak Ratna' award to a progressive farmer of the state Bisesar Das Sahu in a programme held at the premises of the state Assembly. The award carried a cash amount of Rs 2 lakhs and also a citation. Also present on the occasion were state Assembly Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal, Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal, Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra, Leader of Opposition TS Singhdeo.
Additional Chief Secretary and Agriculture produce Commissioner Ajay Singh convened a meeting of senior officials of Agriculture Department on Monday at Mahanadi Bhawan for thorough reviewing of the status quo of agricultural conditions in the State. In the meeting, Ajay Singh took note of paddy bonus distributions process, rainfall, sowing of Kharif crops, availability of seeds and fertilizers and also about the progress in implementation of weather-based crop insurance scheme.
Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh has demanded Center to approve funds for construction of warehouses of at least 15 lakh metric tons capacity, so as to ensure safe storage of paddy in state. Dr Singh also demanded that that Centre should not make any amendments in decentralized paddy procurement scheme or in the scheme of paddy procurement on support price, without taking consent of states.
Governor Shehkar Dutt, while presiding over the meeting of the officials belonging to Agriculture Department. Animal Husbandry, Dairy and forest produce cooperative societies laid his emphasis to focus on price revision policy as it's the main economic resources of the State. He also instructed the officials to promote food and processing industries in the State.
Exercises are on for a wholesale 'Mandi' for food grains, fruits and vegetable at Tulsi village that falls near the state capital.
Ministry of Agriculture (GOI) Additional Secretary Vinod Shrivastav has lauded efforts made by the Chhattisgarh Government to promote agriculture developments in the State. In past 10 years state has shown remarkable expansion in the field of agriculture through its innovative schemes to better the development growth. During the meeting of Central Government and State government concern department officials, Shrivastav said that Chhattisgarh has established its identity in the field of agriculture in country and is commonly known as 'Rice Bowl'.