Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren said, “The rural economy will be strengthened only through agriculture and animal husbandry.”
Unless the farmers and animal herders are empowered, the state will not move fast on the path of development.
Because of this, many schemes are going on to promote agriculture and animal husbandry.
Concrete work will be done on the ground to ensure that they get full benefits of these schemes.
Chief Minister Hemant Soren gave several instructions to the officials during the high-level review of the schemes run by the Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Cooperative Department.
On this occasion, he inquired about the latest progress of various schemes.
The Chief Minister said that Kisan Pathshala should be established like a school.
This can be the Centre of Agriculture Movement.
In this case, regular training and workshops should be organized for the farmers here.
Farmers should be given information about advanced and multiple alternative agriculture here.
Make sure that arrangements are made to bring the farmers to the Kisan Pathshala.
Not only this, the farmers should also be taken on a tour of neighbouring villages, blocks and districts, so that they can be aware of the agricultural work being done by other farmers.
The Chief Minister asked the officials of the department to take initiative to cover the maximum number of farmers with KCC and provide KCC loans.
It is seen that banks are not showing interest in sanctioning KCC loans.
In such a situation, work in the direction of launching cooperative banks and rural banks.
The Chief Minister said that in a state like Jharkhand, there are many such agricultural and forest produce, which yield well.
But, the farmers do not get their proper benefits, in such a situation, along with making these agricultural products available in the market, they explore the possibilities of exporting them.
Along with this, make an action plan towards promoting agro industries as well.
The Chief Minister said that due to the prevailing weather pattern, many big challenges are being faced by the farmers.
In such a situation prepare an action plan to link agricultural production with new crops or cropping systems.
Motivate farmers to do alternative farming.
Inform them about the techniques in this regard as well.
He also said that farmers should be encouraged to cultivate millets, pulses and oil seeds.
The Chief Minister said that today the cultivable land is decreasing and farmers are also turning into agricultural labourers.
This is by no means a good sign for agriculture.
In such a situation, the farmers who are forced to become agricultural labourers, should be connected with schemes like Birsa Green Village Scheme and Nilambar-Pitamber Jal Samriddhi Yojana.
With this, they will also be associated with agriculture and related works and their income will also increase.
The Chief Minister said that animal husbandry is very important for the farmers from Jharkhand to the state.
If animals die due to any reason, the farmers and animal husbandry are financially broken, in such a situation, ensure insurance of all animals.
For this, make a policy for insurance based on the calculation of animals in 2019.
The Chief Minister said that when the state will become self-sufficient in milk production and fisheries, prepare an action plan and implement the schemes accordingly.
The Chief Minister also said that initiative should be taken in the direction of setting up model farms to promote animal husbandry.
Due to this the production of milk will increase and the market will also be available.
The Chief Minister said that the government is working towards strengthening LAMPS and PACS in the state.
However, many LAMP-PAX buildings are in a dilapidated condition.
Make sure to repair these buildings and take its usefulness to the farmers.
He also said that whatever cold storages are being built in the state, electricity and water arrangements should be ensured along the approach road, so that they can be used properly.
On this occasion, Minister for Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Cooperation Badal, Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh, Secretary to Chief Minister Vinay Kumar Choubey, Secretary Agriculture Abu Bakar Siddique, Registrar Cooperation Committees Mrityunjay Varnwal, Director Agriculture Chandan Kumar, Director Horticulture Nesar Ahmed, Director Soil Conservation Ajay Kumar Singh, Director Fisheries HM Dwivedi, Chief Executive Officer Sido Kanhu Agriculture and Forest Produce State Cooperation Union Sanjeev Kumar, Special Secretary Pradeep Hazari and Additional Secretary Vidhan Chandra Chowdhary was present.