Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has said that farmers will be given paddy at the rate of Rs 2500 per quintal. He said that the state government will give a support price of Rs 685 and a difference of Rs 2500 to the paddy producing farmers. Mr. Baghel said that sugarcane growers of the state will be given a benefit of Rs. 55 per quintal this year, like last year. The Chief Minister made this announcement while inaugurating the three-day National Agricultural Fair 2020 held at Tulsi Baradera Fruit-Vegetable Submandi premises in Raipur district today. He inaugurated the fair by lighting the lamp.
The Chief Minister said that farming and farming have become a bargain in Chhattisgarh. This time two and a half lakh more farmers are involved in farming than last year. While urging the Central Government to allow biofuel production, Shri Baghel said that the number of trains is constantly increasing, pollution is also increasing. The world's attention has now shifted to green energy. He said that up to 20 percent biofuel can be added to petroleum fuels. There is abundant production of paddy in Chhattisgarh, therefore, due to the production of biofuel, farmers will get good price of paddy. Plantation will increase employment opportunities and will save foreign currency spent on petroleum fuel. He also urged to fix the price of biofuel produced from paddy like biofuel produced from sugarcane. He also urged the Central Government to provide full amount of Kisan Samman Nidhi to all the farmers of Chhattisgarh. He said that till now only one lakh farmers of the state have received the amount of Kisan Fund of six thousand rupees. 18 lakh farmers have not received the full amount yet.
Mr. Baghel said that farmers of Chhattisgarh have done a good job in the field of paddy production as well as sugarcane, fruits and vegetables. The emphasis of the state government is to reduce agricultural costs and increase water availability to farms. The state government is working in this direction. He said that the Narva, Garuva, Ghurwa and Badi schemes have been started, through which the system of Gothan has been strengthened. The newly elected sarpanch should work to mark land for pasture in their respective villages. If the Gouthans are strong, then the crop will be saved in every village, farmers will be able to take another crop and the cattle-causing accidents will also be reduced.
Presiding over the program, Agriculture Minister Shri Ravindra Choubey said that the state government is working to make the farmers prosperous, happy and self-reliant. Irrigation schemes will be made by the state government to provide water to farmers' fields. He said that at present the purchase has been done on support price but the state government is determined to give Rs. 2.5 thousand per quintal to the farmers. He called upon the farmers to come forward to take advantage of the central and state government schemes. Shri Choubey said that the State Government will work towards furthering the agricultural economy. The development of farming is a priority of the government.
Forest Minister Shri Mohammad Akbar said that 80 lakh 38 thousand metric tons of paddy was purchased in the state government last year and an amount of Rs 20 thousand crore was paid to about 16 lakh 30 thousand farmers of the state. For this year, the target of procurement of paddy on support price has been increased from 80 lakh metric ton to 85 lakh metric ton and till now 82 lakh 80 thousand metric ton has been purchased on support price of paddy. So far, 14 thousand 400 crore rupees have been paid to the farmers. He assured the farmers that the budget of the state government would be in the interest of the farmers.
Urban Administration Minister Dr. Shiv Kumar Dahria said that the state government has done work to increase the value of farmers and bring them into the mainstream. Former Agriculture Minister and MLA Mr. Brijmohan Agrawal also expressed his views on the occasion. Shri Aggarwal praised the Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel's decision to give paddy price of Rs. 25 per quintal to the farmers. He said that the Chief Minister is giving 25 hundred rupees of paddy to the farmers, thanking them for this. Shri Agrawal also appreciated the organizing of the National Agricultural Fair for the first time at Tulsi Baradera. He said that I am happy that in the year 2012-13, this Nava Mandi was ready. A fair is being organized in this market.
In the program, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel honored progressive farmers of the state who have done excellent work in the field of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and fisheries by giving them a check of Rs. 50 thousand under the Atma Yojana. He also distributed Kisan Credit Cards to farmers. Farmers credit cards are now being given to farmers for works like fisheries, poultry, goat farming, cow farming. After the program, Mr. Baghel also visited various stalls set up in the Mandi courtyard.
Minister of Women and Child Development, Mrs. Anila Bhendia, Rajya Sabha MP Mrs. Chhaya Verma, Lok Sabha MP Mr. Sunil Soni, former Minister of Madhya Pradesh and former MLA Mr. Rajkumar Patel, Mayor of Raipur Mr. Ejaz Dhebar, Principal Secretary of Agriculture Department and Commissioner of Agricultural Production Dr. Many public representatives and officials including Maninder Kaur Dwivedi were present on the occasion. The welcome speech was given by the Secretary, Agriculture Department, Mr. Dhananjay Dewangan. On this occasion, many officers of the Agriculture Department and farmers from every corner of the state came in large numbers.