Has farmer income increased in Chhattisgarh?

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Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel says farmers’ interest in agriculture has increased, which has led to an increase in demand for banking services. Plus, farmers in the state are thriving and people are buying vehicles

Raipur: The increasing number of purchased tractors in Chhattisgarh means that farmers in the state are prospering as a tractor is considered a symbol of a farmer’s economic prosperity.

The state has seen an increase of about five and a half percent in tractor purchases over the past year. Overall, more than 76,000 tractors have been sold in the state over the past three years.

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the country’s economy hard, people have lost their jobs and their incomes have dropped sharply. However, the situation is gradually improving. In Chhattisgarh too, the condition of the farmers is improving and they are becoming financially prosperous.

Officially available figures show that 25,607 tractors were procured for agricultural work in Chhattisgarh in 2019 (between January and December). However in 2020, due to the Covid-19 epidemic, the sale of tractors fell to 24,590.

Triggered by the gradually improving Covid-19 situation and state government assistance to farmers, tractor sales in 2021 increased to 25,932 units, up 5.46% from sales of the previous year. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel says farmers’ interest in agriculture has increased, which has led to an increase in demand for banking services. Also, farmers in the state are prospering and people are buying vehicles.

The sale of tractors, cars, bicycles and other vehicles has increased, and the number of showrooms for these vehicles has also increased. They are opening quickly and that’s a good sign, added Baghel. The Chief Minister said that the first year was spent in elections and two years were spent in crown; plans have been developed and are now being implemented. “I am satisfied that our programs are implemented on the ground and that people receive their benefits directly.”

The unemployment rate in the state is also low, according to data from the Center for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE). Unemployment rate in Chhattisgarh was only 0.7% in the month of May, while the unemployment rate in the country was 7.1% during the same period. Even in 2022, Chhattisgarh’s unemployment rate was the lowest in the country at 0.6%.

Those who keep an eye on agriculture and rural employment believe that the situation has started to change with the cancellation of farmers’ debts and the impending irrigation tax. Similarly, the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana, Godhan Nyay Yojana, Suraji Gaon Yojna, Gramin Bhumihin Krishi Majdur Nyay Yojana, new industrial policy, better collection of forest and agricultural products, local processing of products and value addition have been introduced. Thanks to this, job opportunities have been provided to the villagers and their economic situation has improved.

According to official figures, under Rajiv Gandhi Nyay Yojana, more than Rs 11,180 crore was transferred to farmers’ bank accounts in two years. Similarly, 3.5 lakh farmers have benefited from the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Bhumihin Krishi Majdur Nyay Yojana.

Apart from this, Rs 226 crore was donated to Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Rs 133 crore to Gauthan Samitis under the Godhan Nyay Yojana. Overall, in three years, more than Rs 90,000 crore has been deposited in farmers’ bank accounts. As part of the Godhan Nyay Yojana, livestock day shelters called Gauthans are being built in the villages, which have become centers of employment for women. Here, cow dung is bought at Rs 2 per kg. Apart from this, vermicompost is also made from cow dung.

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