TN agricultural budget: Allocation increases slightly for 2022-23

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Steps to be taken to achieve 126 lakh MT of foodgrain production; the diversification of crops to be encouraged to resist climate change; holistic development of all targeted village panchayats, says Minister MRK Panneerselvam

Steps to be taken to achieve 126 lakh MT of foodgrain production; the diversification of crops to be encouraged to resist climate change; holistic development of all targeted village panchayats, says Minister MRK Panneerselvam

Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, MRK Panneerselvam presented the DMK government’s second agricultural budget on Saturday, which mainly focuses on integrated development, in addition to allocating funds to various programs.

The agriculture budget for 2022-23 increased the allocation for agriculture and related sectors to ₹33,007.68 crore, slightly higher than the ₹32,775.78 crore in the revised estimate for 2021-22.

The government will take steps to achieve 126 lakh MT of food grain production in 2022-23, Panneerselvam said.

The minister noted that to resist climate change, crop diversification is encouraged. “Special arrangements will be put in place to popularize the cultivation of millet and legumes as an alternative to water-intensive crops. Programs to establish appropriate water harvesting structures and groundwater recharge systems are introduced in the agriculture budget to increase production in drylands,” he said.

This budget allocated ₹300 crore in 2022-2023 for the “Kalaignarin All Village Integrated Agricultural Development Program” which was announced in the first agricultural budget. Mr. Panneerselvam said the main objective of the program is to bring holistic development to all village panchayats. The project was designed to be implemented annually in village panchayats identified under Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam, which is implemented by the Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj. In the first year, this project is being implemented in 1,997 village panchayats of Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam, as these two projects are converging and being implemented in parallel, the minister said.

“All the Department of Agriculture’s subsidies, social welfare programs, infrastructure, agricultural technology and training programs will be convergent and effectively implemented in close coordination with the Department of Rural Development and the Panchayat Raj,” did he declare. This year’s allocation will cover 3,204 converged village panchayats with Anaithu Grama Anna Marumalarchi Thittam as per the budget speech.

The budget allocated ₹132 crore for the chief minister’s drylands development mission. The program will cover an area of ​​7.5 lakh acres in 3,000 dryland clusters to help dryland farmers successfully undertake cultivation of dryland crops. “This would increase the incomes and livelihoods of 3,000,000 dryland farmers. Agricultural inputs and seeds will be provided at subsidized costs. Priority will be given to farmers in villages where the “All People Integrated Agricultural Development Program the villages of Kalaignarin “is being implemented,” Mr. Panneerselvam said.

The budget allocated ₹2,399 crore as the state’s share of the premium subsidy for the crop insurance scheme.

The minister pointed out that the National Agricultural and Rural Development Bank (NABARD) has prepared a detailed plan in its potential linked credit scheme for the year 2022-2023 to provide a sum of ₹1,83,425 crore for agricultural credit. During the period 2022-2023, district level targets would be set, and the disbursement of credit to farmers will be continuously monitored at state and district levels by the Tamil Nadu government, he said. added.

Mr. Panneerselvam said that when the financial situation of the state improves, more financial allocations will be made. He also said government orders have been issued for 80 of the 86 announcements made in the first agriculture budget, and are in various stages of implementation, while the remaining six are long-term in nature. and that detailed guidelines are being formulated for them.

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