Bhubaneswar2/9/20:: Odisha has disbursed Rs 9965 crore input crop loan in 2020, Agriculture Secretary Saurabh Garg said on Wednesday. The 6th meeting of the Agriculture Cabinet Committee was held here on Kharif Preparedness and the subject was discussed in detail.
Briefing the media, Garg said although the last date to avail Kharif crop loan ends tomorrow, the farmers can still avail the benefit, this month, by visiting nearby banks.
The programme for KHARIF – 2020 was made for 61.61 lakh hectares and at present, 55.52 lakh hectares have been covered. The crop and pest situation is being monitored through e-Pest Surveillance up to GP level, he informed.
The meeting said the crop-pest advisories are being issued at weekly intervals by a technical team headed by OUAT through “AMA KRUSHI” with helpline number – 155333. Steps are being taken for ensuring smooth supply of urea and other fertilizers with the support of the government of India and through rigorous monitoring and enforcement.
Farm credit amounting to Rs. 9964.47 Crores has been disbursed by the financial institutions benefiting 21 Lakh farmers. 14.08 Lakh farmers have been enrolled for crop insurance coverage.
In the COVID situation, the livelihood interventions for Agriculture and Farmer’s Empowerment Department and Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Department are worked out where 24,99,850 nos of farmers would be benefitted with an outlay of Rs. 373.958 Crores. Till now, 8,15,793 farmers have been benefitted.
The target of Balaram Scheme is to form 1 Lakh Joint Liability Groups covering at least 5 Lakh farmers mainly from among those who are sharecroppers using ATMA (Agricultural Technology Management Agency) platform of the Department of Agriculture & Farmer’s Empowerment over the next 3 years.
A total target of 5 Lakh farm ponds in 5 years (2019-20 to 2023-24) has been fixed for this purpose. During 2019-20, 8900 no. of farm ponds were completed generating 36 Lakh person-days with an expenditure of Rs. 107 Crore, under MGNREGA. During 2020-21, the target is fixed for the execution of 1,03,770 nos. of farm ponds which would generate around 4.51 Crore person-days with an outlay of Rs. 1,038 Crores.