Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Stress on alternative farming to cope with drought situation

Efforts to procure seeds from Natl Seeds Corporation 

Ranchi, July 31: Taking a decision with the state staring at drought spectre and with chief minister focus on solving woes of farmers the agriculture department has send directive for dissemination of alternative farming to farmers.

In an emergent meeting, agriculture secretary  Abu Baker Siddiqui instructed all the agriculture officials to spread the wide publicity among the farmers for alternative farming to all the districts to deal with the drought-like situation being created in the state.

He directed all the officials to extend all possible help to the farmers to deal with it. He was holding a review meeting with the District Agriculture Officers (DAOs) in virtual mode on the drought-like situation arising in the state today.

The secretary  also directed all the districts to continuously monitor the current situation and form a task force under the chairmanship of the Deputy Commissioners.

In this meeting, all the District Agriculture Officers were asked about the rainfall in their district, the status of paddy transplantation, the current status of sowing of maize, pulses, oilseeds and coarse cereals, as well as in the light of the possibility of scanty rainfall, in relation to alternative farming and its preparation.

Detailed review and discussion took place. So far, the state has received only 50 percent rainfall and only 15 percent of paddy has been planted.

However, the sowing of maize, pulses, oilseeds and coarse cereals is satisfactory. About 18 districts have received 50 percent or less rainfall.

In Kolhan division, except East Singhbhum and West Singhbhum districts, all other districts have recorded below normal rainfall, which is worrying.

However, from the month of July, Mahakissan Goshti is being organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra for alternate farming continuously and farmers are being motivated for alternative farming through Krishak Mitra, ATM/BTM. Paddy is planted in the state till August 15, if there is good rain in the coming weeks, then the planting of paddy can be up to 30-40 percent.

 For the availability of seeds of maize, pulses, oilseeds and coarse cereals for alternative cultivation, demand is being made for seeds from the National Seed Corporation through the Government of India. Along with this, an action plan for alternative farming is also being prepared to deal with the situation like drought.

 In the meeting, a request was made by the officials to increase the amount of seed grant to give relief to the farmers from scanty rains. Action plan for availability of seeds and fodder for livestock was also considered. Along with this, the state government is also reviewing the provisions contained under disaster management to provide relief to the farmers from drought, so that financial assistance can be taken from the Government of India in time.

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