Ranchi, July 9: Jharkhand agriculture Minister Badal Patralekh on Friday said that the state government is working fast towards making the farmers of the state prosperous and ensure record agricultural production.
Addressing a state-level workshop organised by the Agriculture Department he said that the department has made preparations in advance for the timely supply of seeds and urea to the farmers and the same is now being implemented.
The Jarmundi MLA Badal Patralekh said that till now the Agriculture Department has made available Rs 980 crore to the banks for the loan waiver of 2.46 lakh farmers. He said that under the leadership of Chief Minister Hemant Soren, the agriculture department is in a commanding mode this time.
It is expected that in its tenure of five years, the government will be successful in making 24 lakh farmers of the state financially strong he said adding that many revolutionary changes have taken place in the agriculture sector under the leadership of the Chief Minister and in the coming years Jharkhand will be among those selected agricultural states of the country, which will have a special place in the field of agricultural production.
The minister said that this year the program of timely seed distribution was done with complete transparency. Along with this, distribution of urea is also being done among all the farmers he said. He directed the officials of the department to organize a workshop in the presence of public representatives at all blocks and districts to encourage farmers.
The minister said that during Kharif season all kinds of technical information related to agriculture will be accessible to the farmers. He directed that work should be done to increase the target of Kharif production from 72 lakh metric tonnes to 100 lakh metric tonnes. Appreciating the efforts of Birsa Agriculture University Badal said that with the combined efforts of new technology and traditional agriculture, the state is now moving towards becoming selfreliant in agricultural production.