Agriculture Current Affair 7 September 2022

PM Kisan scheme: 21 lakh farmers selected in UP found ineligible, says state Agri Min Surya Pratap Shahi

Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme, 21 lakh farmers selected in Uttar Pradesh have been found ineligible in a probe, state Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi said on Wednesday. The amount given to those ineligible farmers so far under the scheme will be recovered from them, the minister added.

A total of 2.85 crore farmers were selected under the Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme in the state, out of which 21 lakh beneficiaries have been found ineligible, Shahi said while talking to reporters here.

There are many such cases in which both husband and wife are getting the benefit of this scheme, he said, adding that recovery of the amount will be done from the ineligible farmers.

He also informed that the 12th instalment of the Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme will be released by the end of this month and only those farmers whose land records and on-site verification work is uploaded on the PM-Kisan portal will be given the benefit of the plan.

Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture, Devesh Chaturvedi said the process of uploading data on the Kisan Portal is being done on a war footing and the 12th instalment of Kisan Samman Nidhi will be given to all eligible farmers.

The Agriculture Minister said that till now, the work of loading the land records of 1.51 crore farmers has been done on the portal.

He appealed to the farmers to get their data uploaded to the portal as soon as possible.

Govt to offload about 50,000 tonnes of onions from buffer stock

The government will offload about 50,000 tonnes of onions from its buffer stocks to a few cities like Delhi and Guwahati, where retail prices are a little higher than the all-India average rates. To stabilise onion prices, the Centre is maintaining a buffer stock of 2.5 lakh tonnes of onion.

Sources said that the department of consumer affairs will sell 50,000 tonnes of onions to cities like Delhi and Guwahati from its buffer stocks.

There are many cities where prices are higher than the all-India average rates, they added.

The all-India average prices of onions stood at Rs 26 per kg on Tuesday.

As the shelf life of onions is less, the department has written to all states to place orders if they need onions, the sources said. The Centre is offering onions at around Rs 18 per kg.

The department is also exploring how to improve the shelf life of onions through the radiation process, they added.

Onion production in 2020-21 was 266.41 lakh tonnes and consumption was 160.50 lakh tonnes.

Due to its perishable nature and the gap between the rabi and kharif crops, the prices of onions tend to increase during the lean months of September to December.

Government efforts to resolve problems in the farm sector: Tomar

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar stated on Wednesday that the administration is attempting to address the issues the nation’s agricultural sector is facing.

The minister was addressing the National Conference on Agriculture for Rabi Campaign 2022–23.

He emphasised that, according to estimates, foodgrain production increased by 5 million tonnes in the 2020–21 crop year, reaching 315.7 million tonnes in the 2021–22 crop year (July–June).

An official release stated that the rabi (winter-sown) season will provide 164.8 million tonnes of the 328 million tonnes national target for overall foodgrain output for the 2022–23 crop year.

The strategies would be to improve the area through intercropping, crop diversification, and productivity enhancement through the introduction of high yield varieties (HYVs), adoption of suitable agronomic practises in low-yielding regions, utilisation of residual moisture, early sowing, and lifesaving irrigation for rabi crops.

According to Tomar, the federal and state governments work together to fulfil their duties in the agricultural sector. There has been a lot of production work done in the nation, which has led to an increase in the production of food grains, pulses, and oilseeds.

“Today, the priority is to tackle and solve the challenges before agriculture,” he said.

Tomar brought up the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, which has given farmers Rs. 1.22 lakh crore as compensation for the loss of their crops.

He claimed that this programme should be extended to all farmers since it will provide small farmers a sense of security. According to Tomar, chemical fertilisers are reducing soil production, which is why organic and natural farming are being encouraged. He stated that while the federal government is advancing the agriculture industry, state governments also need to put more effort into it.

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