Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan interacted on Tuesday with fish breeders, livestock farmers and other peasants of Balaghat, Mandsaur, Bhind, Morena and Raisen via videoconferencing under the programme Sabko Saakh-Sabka Vikas, official sources said.
Arvind – who deals in fish – told the senior politician in Hindi, “My 15-strong group received credit of Rs 1.5 lakh. We are also into water chestnuts. The fish yield is 10-12 tonnes and that translates into Rs 8-10 lakh. Under compulsion, I earlier obtained loans at the rate of 5 to 10 per cent per month. Now, getting it at 0 per cent interest is a considerable relief.”
In the words of Nandkishore, he took up animal husbandry last year, now has five cattle and his income increased owing to milk production.
The Chief Minister appealed to his “tiller brethren” to link themselves with animal husbandry.
Rakesh Tomar, who has a holding of 3.5 bighas, revealed that he used to arrange for fertilisers and seeds by borrowing money at an exorbitant 24 per cent interest but the Kisan Credit Card has come as a boon.
Harishchandra and Saudan Singh also spoke with Mr Chouhan.