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Agriculture Minister stresses to speed up agri-schemes

He expresses disappointment over lack of interest by state governments in agriculture

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jun 23 2016 4:30PM | Updated Date: Jun 23 2016 4:30PM

Agriculture Minister stresses to speed up agri-schemes

Slow implementation of farm schemes in some of the states makes the agricultural progress a matter of concern. Radha Mohan Singh, the Union Agriculture Minister, said that he will take up the matter with state governments to speed up the work.


He also expressed with disappointment that all states do not show interest in agriculture which makes them slow in implementing schemes. “We will pursue with them and speed up the work," Singh said in one of his interactions with citizens on Facebook. 


The Bihar government has not given land for establishment of a farm machinery training institute whereas Maharashtra, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh have allotted the required land, he added. 


Flooded with roughly 420 queries, in an hour long monthly social media session, about different schemes from crop insurance to soil health card, Singh said "Most participants sought details about the new schemes and some of them gave suggestions also. We replied to as many as 300 queries today. We will reply to all of them."


The minister confirmed with confidence about the progress in the status of various schemes like soil health card scheme for which the samples in all district will be collected by the end of this month. 


He also ensured the completion of payment soon by the Agriculture Insurance Company (AIC) in response to a query on  non-payment to farmers for 2015 cotton crop.


On non-allotment of budget to Small Farmers Agriculture Consortium (SFAC) for last five months, the minister said, "Allocation of funds to SFAC is under process and it will be done shortly."


He also guaranteed a provision for regular salary to officials of Krishi Vigyan Kendras.