Hamirpur (HP): The farmer-friendly schemes being run by the state government in active cooperation of the central government have come handy to the farmers in the Hamirpur district and they have been getting better crops and fodder.
It’s worth mentioning here that the HP government has started the Soil Health Card Scheme, Ginger Development Scheme, Uttam Fodder Production Scheme and Seed Village Scheme and they have been playing an important role in meeting the daily needs of the farmers.
An amount of over two crore rupees has been spent in the district last year under these schemes thereby helping the farmers especially those that were upset with the loss to their crops due to the wild animals especially the monkeys, pigs and others.
Similarly, the Uttam Fodder Production Scheme has been started with the objective of providing various facilities in fodder production to the farmers of the state.
Under this scheme, there is a provision of 50 per cent subsidy on seeds or fodder cutting machines of fodder crops grown in Kharif and Rabi seasons, says Dr. Jeet Singh Thakur, the Deputy Director of Agriculture, Hamirpur.
He said that in the Hamirpur district, about one and a half crore rupees have been spent under this scheme in the year 2020-21 to help the farmers.
During this period, seeds of 2,115 quintal of chari, 1,156 quintal of millet, 209 quintal of berseem and about 1,923 quintal of jawi were made available at subsidized rates to the farmers of the district.
He claimed that the Farmers were also showing great interest towards the Ginger Development Scheme and Seed Village Scheme being operated by the State Government through the Department of Agriculture.
Under the Ginger Development Scheme, 100 exhibition plots and four farmers training camps on rhizome rot disease management were organized in the last financial year in Hamirpur district. An amount of about two lakh rupees allocated in the scheme has been spent on various items.
This scheme was started in view of the fact that this crop was not harmed by the wild animals and was free from other insects also.
Dr. Thakur said that under the seed village scheme, wheat seeds were made available to farmers at subsidized rates. In the year 2020-21, 2,250 quintal wheat seed was distributed in the district on subsidy to farmers under this scheme. An amount of over Rs.16 lakhs has been spent in the district in the last financial year under the scheme.
Apart from this, better implementation of the soil health card scheme is being ensured to increase production by improving soil quality.
Under this scheme, after testing 3,624 soil samples in the district in the year 2020-21, the concerned farmers have been provided soil health cards.
These farmers were also imparted training in latest farming techniques through 122 camps and as many as 121 exhibition plots were set up last year for farmers to use balanced fertilizers as per the Soil Health Card.
An amount of about Rs 37 lakh has been spent in the district in the last financial year under the scheme, the agriculture officer said.
The Deputy Commissioner, Debasweta Banik says that the quick and time bound benefits of these schemes, which are helpful in daily agricultural work, are being extended to all eligible farmers of the district.
For this, necessary instructions have been issued to the Department of Agriculture to be farmer friendly and meet them at their fields rather than sitting in their offices, she added.