Govt assures on fertiliser availability during Kharif season; says subsidy may rise to Rs 2.5 lakh cr this fiscal
The Centre on Monday stressed that availability of fertilisers during the current Kharif (summer-sown) season is more than the estimated demand, adding that its subsidy for this fiscal might increase to around Rs 2.5 lakh crore to ensure that farmers get crop nutrients at highly subsidised rates.
The Centre further said it will take strict action against hoarding of crop nutrients and asked states to monitor fertiliser movement. It also told states to provide accurate information to farmers for ensuring there is no panic buying.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Mansukh Mandaviya jointly chaired a review meeting virtually on the situation of fertilisers with the agriculture ministers of states/UTs, according to an official statement.
Govt procures 16.2 mt wheat from 11 states
New Delhi: The government has procured around 16.195 million tonnes of wheat from 11 states in the 2022-23 rabi marketing season, benefitting 1.47 million farmers with a minimum support price (MSP) value of ₹ 32,633.71 crore, the food ministry said on Monday.
Wheat procurement under the central pool is progressing in Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Bihar and Rajasthan, it said in a statement.
As much as 76.094 million tonnes of paddy had been procured, benefiting 10.958 million farmers with an minimum support price value of ₹1,49,144.23 crore, it said.
Conditions favourable for taking drones to farmers: Govt
The government on Monday said it is promoting the use of ‘Kisan drones’ and conditions are favourable to take such technology to the farmers. Addressing a conference, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said modernisation of the agricultural sector is on the agenda of the government.
Kisan drones are being promoted for crop assessment, digitisation of land records, spraying of pesticides and nutrients for which a budget provision has also been made, he noted.
For promoting use of Kisan drones, the government is providing 50 per cent or maximum Rs 5 lakh subsidy to SC/STs, small and marginal farmers, women and farmers of northeastern states for buying drones. For other farmers, financial assistance will be given up to 40 per cent or maximum Rs 4 lakh, an official statement quoted the minister as saying at the event.
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