Ranchi, March 28: Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren said that Krishi Pathshalas will train farmers of the state in advanced agriculture and boost their income.
Addressing a function to mark signing of agreement with implementing agencies for Kisan Pathshalas at Ranchi on Tuesday, Hemant Soren said Agriculture not only strengthens the economy, but also strengthens the human system.
“Jharkhand with 70 percent of its population involved in agriculture and livestock, the government’s special focus has been on the development of agriculture and farmers. Continuous efforts are being made to make the farmers self-reliant, empowered and increase their income. In this series, through the Kisan Pathshala, arrangements have been made to train the farmers to inform them about advanced agriculture and modern techniques of agricultural work,” said Soren.
Hemant Soren distributed appointment letters to veterinary doctors and also distributed agreements with listed agencies for livestock supplies under the Birsa Integrated Village Development scheme.
The Chief Minister said that several schemes have been launched with policy formulation in this direction on how to meet the needs and requirements of the farmers.
“The government has kept a provision of more than Rs 4000 crore for agriculture in the budget. To empower farmers, pond construction, well construction and irrigation projects are being integrated with schemes like Harit Gram Yojana, Didi Bari Yojana and Kisan Pathshala. At the same time, farmers are being linked with livestock schemes. Apart from this, Sido-Kanhu Cooperative Federation has been formed to promote forest produce. The aim of all these is to make the farmers self-reliant,” said Soren.
He also opined that the government is also continuously working towards making agricultural products available in the market. New rice mills are being opened and godowns and cold storages are being built along with strengthening of LAMPS and PACS in rural areas.
The Chief Minister said that agriculture officers have been appointed in the state after 32 years. Its purpose is to cooperate with the farmers for agricultural works and farming. The Chief Minister said that today farmers are becoming agricultural laborers. In such a situation, the government is continuously taking steps to keep the farmers connected with agriculture.
The Chief Minister said that the animals given to the beneficiaries under the Mukhyamantri Pashudhan Yojana would also be insured. So that the farmers do not have to bear any kind of financial loss due to the death of cattle due to any reason. The Chief Minister also said that talks will be held with banks for insurance of animals of prosperous farmers and cattle herders.
MoUs were signed with 17 empanelled executing agencies and livestock suppliers for the Kisan Pathshala in the presence of the Chief Minister. On this occasion, the Chief Minister gave appointment letters to 26 veterinary doctors and seven staff.