We are providing assistance to small & marginal farmers, claims govt

Highlighting the various schemes being implemented by the union government for small and marginal farmers, the Minister of State for Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Mr Parshottam Rupala claimed that his ministry hears the farmers' representation from all regions


New Delhi: Speaking on the floor of the Parliament, the Minister of State for Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Mr Parshottam Rupala stated that the government has received representation from various quarters on issues concerning farmers of different parts of the country including Bundelkhand.

He further said that the his department is implementing various schemes for the welfare of farmers including small and marginal farmers. “The strategy is to improve net returns to the farmers by enabling them to realize higher yields at lower cost and benefit from better market prices. Some important schemes include Soil Health Card Scheme (SHC), Neem Coated Urea, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY), Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY), National Agriculture Market scheme (e-NAM), Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), etc.,” he said.

The Minister stated that the Government provides total interest subvention up to 5 percent ( inclusive of 3 percent prompt repayment incentive) on short-term crop loans up to Rs 3 lakh. Thus, loan is available to farmers at a reduced rate of 4 percent per annum on prompt repayment.

“Under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) for holistic growth of the horticulture sector covering fruits, vegetables, root and tuber crops, mushrooms, spices, flowers, aromatic plants, coconut, cashew, cocoa and bamboo, subsidy is provided to the farm size limited to 4 hectare, in majority of its interventions. Also, small and marginal farmers are mobilized to form Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs)/ Farmer Interest Group (FIG) for aggregation and economies of scale. FPOs are eligible for financial assistance under MIDH,” explained the Minister

Mr Ruppala also pointed out that under National Food Security Mission (NFSM), at least 33 percent of funds are earmarked for small and marginal farmers.

He further added the under the Sub Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM) under the main Mission i.e. National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET), it is proving a suitable platform for converging all activities for inclusive growth of agricultural mechanization by providing a ‘single window’ approach for implementation with a special focus on small & marginal farmers.

Minister also mentioned the other schemes in his speech: “Under the Per Drop More Crop (micro irrigation) at least 50 percent of the allocation is to be utilized for small & marginal farmers. Further, 10 percent additional financial assistance is available to small & marginal farmers as compared to other farmers. National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) guidelines also envisage that at least 50 percent of the allocation is to be utilized for small & marginal farmers i.e. for Rainfed Area Development (RAD) and Sub Mission on Agro Forestry (SMAF) Schemes.”

“Under the Soil Health Card Scheme (SHC) assistance is provided to all State Governments to evaluate soil health in all farm holdings across the country and issue Soil Health Cards to farmers (including small and marginal farmers) regularly in a cycle of two years.”