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.
30th Foundation Day of College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. Anjora (Durg district) was celebrated on Monday. Chief guest of the program was Minister Agriculture, Animal Husbandry. Fisheries, Water Resources Brijmohan Agrawal. Minister Women and Child Development Department Smt. Ramsheela Sahu presided over the function. Chief guest Brijmohan Agrawal congratulated office bearers of the Students Union. He announced that the headquarters of Chhattisgarh Kamdhenu University will be Anjora and instructed Collector Durg to acquire nearby lands for this purpose.
State Government's Animal Husbandry Development Department has distributed nearly 37 lakh 13 thousand chickens to more than 76 thousand beneficiaries in previous three years, under Backyard Scheme. This includes the beneficiaries of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Other Backward classes and General category as well. In year 2011-12, 14 lakh 29 thousand chickens were distributed to 25 thousand beneficiaries whereas in year 2013-14 nearly 13 lakh 24 thousand chickens were distributed to 26 thousand beneficiaries.
The 'Karaknath' variety of hen that is full of medicinal properties will now be available as a source of food for the people in Chhattisgarh. Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (IGKV), Raipur, has started a project at Kanker district. This variety is found in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh and it is also known as 'Kalamansi'. Karaknath hens and cocks have more protein and less fat than other birds. The immune system in this variety is also stronger. Bastar is a suitable place for this variety and these birds are also useful for promoting backyard poultry in scheduled tribe category.
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.