Positive decision on kharif crop loan to farmers likely today

By Times Of India on 25 Apr 2017 | read
NASHIK: Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will hold a meeting over providing kharif crop loan to farmers on Tuesday and a positive decision is expected, district guardian minister Girish Mahajan said here on Monday.

Mahajan was addressing a review meeting for the coming kharif season.

During the meeting, MLAs raised the issue of non-receipt of kharif crop loan. What is the use of the review meeting if the farmers will not get crop loan, they asked.

Of the kharif crop credit plan of Rs 2,350.75 crore, Rs 1,257.18 crore is to be provided by the Nashik District Central Co-operative (NDCC) Bank and the remaining Rs 1,093.57 crore by the other banks. Of the total credit plan, crop loans worth Rs 50 crore have been provided to farmers so far.

Mahajan said, "This is really a matter of grave concern that only Rs 50 crore of Rs 2,350.50 crore has been disbursed to farmers. The chief minister is holding a meeting on the issue on Tuesday. The delegates from banks have been invited for the meeting. A positive decision is expected in the meeting."

"There is adequate stock of seeds and fertilizers in the district, which are to be provided to farmers in time. After two year's of drought, there had been good monsoon last year. The meteorology department has projected good monsoon this year, too. But farmers should focus on scientific farming and use drip irrigation to increase yield," Mahajan said.

"The government is focusing on completing the irrigation projects. The area under irrigation in the state has increased from 32 lakh hectares to 40 lakh hectares last year. Our plan is to complete 27 irrigation projects in the next two years... The Union government has provided Rs 18,000 crore to the state for irrigation projects and another Rs 10,000 crore is expected shortly," he said.

District superintendent agriculture officer T N Jagtap said, "We have projected 6.68 lakh hectares in the district for the 2017-18 kharif season. Last year, the agriculture department had projected 6.52 lakh hectares under kharif, but achieved 6.62 lakh hectares."

"We require 87,000 quintals of seeds for the kharif season. Of which, 21,000 quintals are to be received from public sector companies, while the rest will come through private companies. We have a stock of 14,000 tonnes from last year," Jagtap said.