Karnataka plans to subsidize gas prices for farmers by means of a brand new initiative known as “Raitha Shakti” with a funds of Rs 500 crore to stimulate farm mechanization and enhance output. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai mentioned in his presentation of the 2022-23 Price range that “to encourage the usage of farm equipment and to cut back gas expenditure burden, for the primary time within the State, diesel subsidy of Rs 250 per acre, topic to a most of 5 acres, will likely be given by means of DBT underneath a brand new scheme “Raitha Shakti,” for which Rs.500 crore will likely be supplied.”
The state additionally intends to develop the Krishi Yantradhare Centres to all hoblis with the intention to make farm equipment accessible to small and marginal farmers.
Bommai additionally urged various methods to enhance post-harvest infrastructure and stimulate farm produce worth addition. “Widespread centres for Farmer Producer Organizations can be constructed through Karnataka State Agricultural Produce Processing and Export Company (KAPPEC) to take up post-harvest administration advertising and marketing and export agricultural produce by creating a programme at a value of Rs 50 crore,” he added.
The state has established a Secondary Agriculture Directorate, which can allow worth addition to main agricultural merchandise and develop advertising and marketing prospects by means of FPOs.
At a value of Rs 35 crore, a chilly fashionable storage facility can be constructed on a PPP mannequin at Toravi village in Vijayapura district, which has the most important space underneath grape rising within the state. In response to Bommai, the chilly storage will likely be established by means of the Karnataka Grape and Wine Board to scientifically handle grape storage, conservation, and transportation utilizing chilly storage transportation autos.
Below the Nationwide Mission on Edible Oil, the state would additionally award a grant of Rs 35 crore to spice up oil palm agriculture by 25,000 hectares over the subsequent 5 years. Moreover, to encourage farmers to undertake pure farming, the analysis of nitrogen fixation and bio-analytical procedures in pure farming will likely be carried out in 1,000-acre plots at agricultural and horticultural faculties, and will likely be expanded to farmers’ lands, in response to Bommai.
Karnataka ranks third within the nation by way of natural farm meals output, having transformed 2 lakh hectares of farmland to natural farming. Bommai additional acknowledged that with the assistance of the Central Authorities, the Pradhana Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojane –Watershed Growth component-2.0 will likely be carried out on 2.75 lakh hectares of rain-fed land spanning 57 taluks of the State at a value of Rs 642 crore.
Karnataka additionally seeks to trademark the tur dal cultivated within the districts of Kalburgi and Yadagiri, which has a specific geographical indicator, as “Bhima Pulse.”
It’s also deliberate to ascertain a ‘Ksheera Samruddhi Sahakara Financial institution’ to assist milk farmers get hold of loans with out bother. The State authorities will contribute Rs 100 crore in share capital, whereas the Milk Producers Co-operative Society, Karnataka Milk Federation, and District Milk Unions would contribute a complete of Rs 260 crore.
Karnataka, which produces essentially the most silk within the nation, has additionally introduced a Rs 10,000 per tonne incentive for silk farmers who produce Bivoltine cocoon and promote it within the Authorities Silk Cocoon Market. With the assistance of Nabard, a high-tech authorities cocoon market can be inbuilt Kalaburgi and Haveri districts at a value of 30 crore to present modern advertising and marketing services to the state’s silk farmers.
The inducement provided to Bivoltine cocoon will likely be enhanced by Rs 50 per kg, in response to Bommai, with the intention to enhance the income of silk growers and silk output. Uncooked silk produced by silk reelers would even be granted a bonus, he added.
First printed on: 05 Mar 2022, 02:22 IST