Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune Information Service
Shimla, Might 17
The Rs 1.63 lakh crore package deal for farmers, introduced by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, will infuse a recent lease of life within the farm sector in Himachal with extra cash liquidity, higher post-harvest administration and free entry to market.
The infra fund for farmer organisations, cooperative societies and start-ups will usher in a brand new period in agriculture, as 9.30 lakh of the entire 9.61 lakh farmers are small and marginal and maintain lower than 4 hectares.
Strengthening agri cooperative societies will guarantee higher storage and advertising, building of controlled-atmosphere shops, godowns and higher post-harvest administration.
Loans at low rates of interest will assist in growth and diversification of farm actions as farmers will have the ability to repay outdated and get new loans for natural farming. These will assist diversification, low season vegetable cultivation and get world marketplace for promoting their produce eliminating intermediary, stated Agriculture Minister Ram Lal Markanda.
“Cultivation of natural and medicinal vegetation has already been precedence and Rs 4,000 crore for this sector will improve farmers to change over to natural plant cultivation,” he added.
Agriculture contributes 12.73 per cent to the Gross State Home Product (GSDP). Over time, the vegetable manufacturing has surpassed the foodgrains manufacturing and through 2019-20, the foodgrain manufacturing is pegged at 16.38 lakh MT whereas vegetable, potato and ginger manufacturing is increased at 16.56 lakh MT, 1.96 lakh MT and 34,000 MT.
Principal Secretary (Agriculture) Onkar Sharma stated, “The rules are but to be acquired and we’ll put together a micro plan for implementing the varied schemes beneath the package deal.”
Aimed toward creating world competitors which might result in price stabilisation, inter-state motion on the market of produce would get rid of middlemen, rising revenue margins of farmers and drawback of hoarding could be resolved, says former Director Agriculture JC Rana.
Terming the stimulus as a future technique, president, Himachal Kisan Sabha, Kuldep Tanwar stated the farmers wanted fast aid by way of direct bank switch. Curfew had restricted transportation, leading to harm of flower and vegetable crops. Seven lakh households, who have been depending on crops of peas, cauliflower, mushroom and flower, have been badly hit.
Farmers and landholdings
6.70 lakh marginal farmers Land lower than one hectare
1.75 lakh small farmers Land between 1 and a pair of ha
85,000 small, medium farmers Land between 2 and Four ha
28,000 medium farmers Land between Four and 10 ha
3,000 massive farmers Landholding above 10 ha