The Chief Minister said that as per official records, we have about 25 lakh hectares of cultivable land available, but unfortunately we are using only 3.5 lakh hectares at this time.
In order to boost the agriculture and horticulture sectors in Arunachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Pema Khandu has launched two ambitious schemes in the state. The first scheme is for the agriculture sector, whose name is ‘Atmanirbhar Krishi Yojana’ and the second one is for horticulture, whose name is ‘Atmanirbhar Bagwani Yojana’. These schemes are part of the self-reliant program announced during the budget session held in February this year. A total amount of Rs 120 crore has been allocated to the concerned departments for both the schemes of agriculture and horticulture. 60 crore has been given for each scheme.
form of earlier plans
Aatmanirbhar Krishi Yojana under the Department of Agriculture is a shortened version of the former Chief Minister’s Sashakt Kisan Yojana and Chief Minister’s Collective Scheme, in which there is a provision of bank loans. Similarly, Atma Nirbhar Bagwani Yojana is an earlier scheme called Mukhyamantri Sashakt Kisan Yojana under the Horticulture Department.
Appeal to contact District Agriculture Department
While launching the schemes, Chief Minister Pema Khandu has appealed to the farmers and Self Help Groups (SHGs) across the state to contact the departmental office of their district to take benefits of both these schemes. Also appreciated the agriculture and horticulture departments and banks for coming up with proper guidelines for the schemes.
Guarantee free loan facility
He said that both the schemes are very good as both are based on front-ended subsidy. The credit link for the schemes will be provided to the beneficiaries by SBI, Arunachal Pradesh Gramin Bank and Arunachal Pradesh Sahakari Apex Bank. He said that no land document like Land Rights Certificate (LPC) would be required for self-help groups availing the benefits of the schemes. The benefit of the scheme can be availed through a simple certificate from the concerned EAC, CO or BDO.
beneficial to farmers
Also, no bank guarantee will be required to take advantage of individual schemes up to Rs 1.60 lakh. For SHG loans up to Rs 10 lakh, no guarantee will be required. The Chief Minister said that “the best part is that the components of the schemes will be 45% government subsidy, 45% bank loan and only 10% farmer will have to bear it.” Will be very beneficial, in which women members are in the form of majority.
Emphasis on improving agriculture bank
The Chief Minister said that as per official records, we have about 25 lakh hectares of cultivable land available, but unfortunately we are using only 3.5 lakh hectares at this time. We need to make better use of our land bank to become self-reliant for our state. The horticulture plan is for the cultivation of fruits like apple, kiwi, orange, betel nut, walnut and persimmon, while the agricultural plan is for scientific land laddering, tea and rubber, dual cropping, agricultural mechanization, FPO, buckwheat cultivation, O-bolu is related to.
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