Trees on lease for farmers in Jharkhand to earn income from fruits: CM
“State had coped with Covid well and will also deal with drought situation properly”
Ranchi, July 28: Beneficiaries of Birsa Harit Gram Yojana will get lease of trees apart from land.
This was announced by chief minister Hemant Soren during mega Kisan Credit Card (KCC) distribution camp-cum-awareness and the foundation stone laying and inaugural program of various schemes at Hazaribagh on Thursday.
“About 70 percent population of the state lives in rural areas. In such a situation, the government is committed to increasing the income of farmers and laborers and for their prosperity and happiness. The government is working to prepare action plans and implement them effectively in ground level. In KCC loan, the bankers have been directed to provide all possible help to the farmers,” said Soren.
The Chief Minister said that through such programs the chief minister personally is monitoring if the farmers and labourers are getting the benefits of the schemes of the government or not.
The Chief Minister said that under the government’s Birsa Harit Gram Yojana, work is being done to encourage every villager to plant fruit trees.
“Just as the lease of the forest, the lease of the land was allotted, in the same way now the lease of the trees will also be made available to the people. Now rural farmers will also be able to plant fruit trees on government land and the ownership of this fruit tree will also remain so that they can earn from the fruits produced,” said Soren.
The Chief Minister expressing apprehension of the drought situation said that the state has received less than normal rainfall so far.
“In such a situation, the risk of drought is increasing. This is a matter of concern for all of us, but the government is also ready to deal with it. We worked together to solve many problems in two and a half years of Covid pandemic. We are all working together in a systematic way to address problems due to drought too,” said Soren.
He said that agriculture officer has been appointed for the first time in the state since over three decades so that farmers can get the right advice for farming.
“In this drought-like conditions, farmers can do farming on the advice of these officials,” chief minister stressed.
In this program, about Rs 191 crore was distributed as KCC loan among 42,893 Kisan Credit Card holders of North Chotanagpur division by the Chief Minister. At the same time, a total of 75 schemes worth Rs 58,97,01,161 were inaugurated and a total of 77 schemes worth Rs 1,46,74,74,444 had their foundation stone laid.