First prize in agriculture sector to Madhya Pradesh
CM Mr. Chouhan gives credit to farmers’ hard work
Bhopal, November 7, 2015 (Muslim Saleem): Madhya Pradesh was conferred first prize for achievements in agriculture sector in India Today State of States Conclave in New Delhi today. The prize was received by Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan from Union Home Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh. It is noteworthy that Madhya Pradesh has witnessed 15 percent increase in state’s agriculture production in year 2014-15 and 45 percent increase in area under irrigation during last 5 years. Farmers are being provided interest-free loans in the state. Madhya Pradesh is the first state in the country where farmers return 90 percent of agriculture loans and remaining amount is paid by the state government to concerning banks.
For making agriculture profitable, area under irrigation has been increased side by side adequate power supply to farmers. For the first time in history, farmers are being supplied power for about 10 hours a day. Availability of new transformers, planned process to replace dysfunctional transformers, simplification of process to give temporary connections and reduction in its charge have proved to be significant steps of the state government. Farmers have been given facility to pay electricity bills only twice a year. On permanent connections of farmers, the state government is given subsidy of Rs. 31 thousand per connection.
Along with agriculture, considerable increase has also been made in horticulture area. This has reduced burden on traditional farming. Promotion to production of fruits, flower, spices and medicinal plant crops is one of the factors of this achievement. While addressing the conclave after receiving the prize, the Chief Minister Mr. Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh is on the path of leaving Punjab behind in food grains production in future. He informed that the state has done so in wheat production. Mr. Chouhan gave credit to farmers’ hard work for state’s constant progress in agriculture sector. The state has maintained maximum growth rate in the country for last 4 years and is receiving Central government’s prestigious Krishi Karman Award for consecutive last 3 years.