The government of Gujarat’s farmers shined luck: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to double the income of the farmers of the country. The state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel is constantly striving to increase the income of the farmers of Gujarat. Another new scheme has recently been implemented by the Gujarat government to enable the farmers of the state to get more income by adopting modern methods with scientific approach in addition to traditional methods of farming.
Informing about the new scheme implemented by the Horticulture Department, Agriculture Minister Raghavjibhai Patel said that by planting maximum fruits in a unit area of fruit crops, farmers can get more production. Farmers of the state can increase their income by crop diversification and by adopting intensive farming methods in fruit crops including mango and guava and tissue culture technology in plantain crops. The state government has implemented another incentive scheme for the farmers of the state to plant fruit crops in horticulture crops with quality cuttings and saplings. For this scheme, the state government has allocated Rs. A sum of Rs 4500 lakh has been allotted.
Giving further details, the minister added that under this new scheme, farmers will be given a maximum of Rs. 100 or the actual expenditure per article whichever is less, a maximum of Rs. 40,000 per hectare will be given as assistance. In addition, 50 percent of the cost of planting material of other horticultural crops in inter-crop in the first year subject to a maximum of Rs. 10,000 per hectare assistance subject to a maximum of 2 hectares per account.
He added that per graft or tissue seedling in guava crop a maximum of Rs. 80 or the actual cost incurred per graft/ts seedling whichever is lower, a maximum of Rs. 44,000 per hectare will be given as assistance. 50 per cent of the cost of planting material of other horticultural crops in inter-crop in the first year subject to a maximum of Rs. 6,000 per hectare assistance subject to a maximum of 2 hectares per account. Similarly, in plantain also considering the maximum support of Rs.5 per tissue culture seedling, the maximum is Rs. 15,000 per hectare will be given as assistance.
He further said that through this scheme, the state government is planning to increase the plantation area of horticultural crops to 19,500 hectares in the state by getting 2500 hectares of mango cultivation area, 2000 hectares of guava cultivation area and 15,000 hectares of plantain cultivation area in Gujarat. The new scheme of Horticulture Department will play a very important role in meeting this target. The assistance available under this program to increase fruit crop productivity with a fully transparent approach will be disbursed directly to farmers’ accounts through DBT.