Unique package for farmers announced

Published By : Admin | June 28, 2023 | 16:06 IST
CCEA approves bouquet of schemes to boost wellbeing of farmers, rejuvenate soil productivity, and ensure food security & environmental sustainability
CCEA approves continuation of Urea Subsidy Scheme; Rs. 3,68,676.7 Crore committed for urea subsidy for 3 years (2022-23 to 2024-25).
Rs. 1451 crore approved for Market Development Assistance (MDA) Scheme to exemplify model of wealth from waste; Parali and organic manure from Gobardhan plants to be used to enrich the soil and keep the environment safe and clean
Introduction of Sulphur coated Urea (Urea Gold); to address Sulphur deficiency of soil and save input costs for the farmers

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today approved a unique package of innovative schemes for farmers with a total outlay of Rs.3,70,128.7 crore. The bouquet of schemes is focused at overall wellbeing and economic betterment of farmers by promoting sustainable agriculture. The initiatives will boost farmers’ income, strengthen natural / organic farming, rejuvenate soil productivity, and ensure food security.

The CCEA approved continuation of Urea Subsidy Scheme to ensure constant availability of urea to the farmers at the same price of Rs 242/ 45 kg bag excluding taxes and neam coating charges. Out of above approved package, Rs. 3,68,676.7 Crore have been committed for urea subsidy for three years (2022-23 to 2024-25). This is apart from recently approved Nutrient Based Subsidy of Rs 38,000 Crore for Kharif season for 2023-24. The farmers need not spend extra for purchase of urea, and this will help moderate their input costs. At present, the MRP of urea is Rs.242 per 45 kg bag of urea (exclusive of charges towards neem coating and taxes as applicable), whereas the actual cost of the bag comes around Rs. 2200. The Scheme is wholly financed by the Government of India through budgetary support. The continuation of Urea Subsidy scheme will also maximize indigenous production of Urea to reach self-sufficiency levels.

Due to ever changing geopolitical situation and increased raw material prices, Fertilizer prices have been increasing multifold globally over the years. But Government of India has protected its farmers from steep fertilizer price rise by increasing the fertilizer subsidy. In its endeavour to safeguard our farmers, Government of India has increased Fertilizer subsidy from Rs. 73,067 Cr in 2014-15 to Rs. 2,54,799 Cr in 2022-23.

Nano Urea eco-system strengthened
By 2025-26, eight Nano urea plants with production capacity of 44 Crore bottles equaling to 195 LMT of conventional urea will be commissioned. Nano fertilizer releases nutrients in a controlled manner contributing to higher nutrient use efficiency and while costing less to the farmers. Application of Nano Urea has demonstrated increase in crop yield.

Country on way to become Atmanirbhar in Urea by 2025-26
Setting up and revival of 6 urea production units at Chambal Ferti ltd. - Kota Rajasthan, Matix ltd. Panagarh West Bengal, Ramagundam-Telangana, Gorakhpur-UP, Sindri-Jharkhand and Barauni-Bihar since 2018 is helping to make the country atmanirbhar in terms of urea production and availability. Indigenous production of urea has increased from the level of 225 LMT during 2014-15, to 250 LMT during 2021-22. In 2022-23, production capacity has increased to 284 LMT. These along with Nano Urea Plants will reduce our current import dependency in urea and finally make us self-sufficient by 2025- 26.

PM Programme for Restoration, Awareness Generation, Nourishment and Amelioration of Mother – Earth (PMPRANAM)
Mother Earth has always provided plentiful sources of sustenance to mankind. It is the need of the hour to go back to more natural ways of farming and promotion of balanced / sustainable use of chemical fertilizers. Promoting natural / organic farming, alternate fertilizers, innovations like Nano Fertilizers and bio-Fertilizers can help in restoring fertility of our Mother Earth. Thus, it was announced in the Budget that “PM Programme for Restoration, Awareness Generation, Nourishment and Amelioration of Mother – Earth (PMPRANAM)” will be launched to incentivize States/ Union Territories to promote alternate fertilizers and balanced use of chemical fertilizers.

Rs. 1451.84 crore have been approved for Market Development Assistance (MDA) for promoting Organic Fertilizers from Gobardhan Plants

Today’s approved package also consists of innovative incentive mechanism for the restoration, nourishment, and betterment of the mother earth. Market Development Assistance (MDA) scheme in the form of Rs 1500 per MT to support marketing of organic fertilizers, viz., Fermented Organic Manures (FOM)/Liquid FOM/Phosphate Rich Organic Manures (PROM) produced as by-product from Bio- gas Plants/Compressed Biogas (CBG) Plants set up under umbrella GOBARdhan initiative.

Such organic fertilizers would be branded in the names of Bharat Brand FOM, LFOM and PROM. This on one hand will facilitate in addressing the challenge of management of crop residue and problems of Parali burning, will also help in keeping the environment clean and safe and at the same time provide an additional source of income for farmers. Farmers will get organic fertilizers (FOM/LFOM/ PROM) at affordable prices.

This initiative will facilitate implementation of Budget announcement of establishing 500 new waste to wealth plants under GOBARdhan scheme for promoting circular economy, by increasing the viability of these BG/CBG plants.

Promotion of Natural Farming as sustainable agriculture practice is restoring soil health and reducing input costs for farmers. 425 KVKs (Krishi Vigyan Kendras) have laid down demonstrations of natural farming practices and organized 6,777 awareness programs involving 6.80 lakh farmers. Course curricula for Natural Farming has also been developed for BSc as well as MSc programmes to be implemented from the academic session July-August 2023.

Introduction of Sulphur coated Urea (Urea Gold); to address sulphur deficiency of soil and save input costs for the farmers
Another initiative of the package is that the Sulphur coated Urea (Urea Gold) is being introduced in the country for the first time. It is more economical and efficient than the currently used Neem coated urea. It will address Sulphur deficiency for the soil in the country. It will also save input costs for the farmers and also raise incomes for farmers with enhanced production & productivity.

Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samruddhi Kendras (PMKSKs) touches one lakh
About one lakh Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samruddhi Kendras (PMKSKs) have already come up in the country. For the convenience of farmers, the farm inputs are being provided as a one stop solution for all needs of farmers.

Benefits:
The approved schemes will help in judicious use of chemical fertilizers, thereby reducing input cost of cultivation for the farmers. Promoting natural/ organic farming, innovative and alternate fertilizers like Nano Fertilizers and organic fertilizers will help in restoring fertility of our Mother Earth.

  1. Improved soil health leads to increased nutrient efficiency and safe environment due to reduction in soil and water pollution. Safe and clean environment helps in improvement in human health.
  2. Better utilization of crop residue like parali will help resolve the issue of air pollution and improve the cleanliness and betterment of living environment and also help to convert waste into wealth.
  3. Farmers will reap more benefits – they need not pay anything extra for urea as it continues to be available at the same affordable statutory price. Organic fertilizers (FOM/ PROM) will also be available at cheaper prices. With low-cost Nano urea and reduced use of chemical fertilizers and increased use of organic fertilizers, the input cost for the farmers will come down. Low input cost coupled with healthy soil and water will enhance the production and productivity of the crops. Farmers will get good returns for their produce.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a mega rally today in Janjgir-Champa, Chhattisgarh. Beginning his speech, PM Modi said, "I have come to seek your abundant blessings. Our country has made significant progress in the last 10 years, but there is still much work to be done. The previous government in Chhattisgarh did not allow my work to progress here, but now that Vishnu Deo Sai is here, I must complete that work as well.”

Taking blessings from revered Acharya Mehttar Ram Ji Ramnami and Mata Set Bai Ramnami, PM Modi said, “It is said that the ancestors of the Ramnami community predicted over a century ago when the consecration of the Ram Temple would take place. The work that the BJP has done fulfils the hope of the temple in Ayodhya, which the country had left behind.”

Hitting out at the Congress for its appeasement politics, PM Modi stated, “Appeasement is in the DNA of the Congress. If for appeasement, Congress has to snatch the rights of Dalits, backward classes, and indigenous people, it won't hesitate for a second. Whereas, the BJP is a party that follows the mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. Our priority is the welfare of the poor, youth, women, and farmers. For 60 years, the Congress chanted the slogan of ‘Garibi Hatao’ in the country and kept filling the coffers of its leaders. But we have lifted 25 crore people out of poverty in the last 10 years.”

PM Modi also spoke about the farmers’ welfare in detail, he said, “The BJP government is committed to enhancing the participation of our mothers and sisters in agriculture manifold. Modern technologies like drones reduce the cost of farming. And when the drone revolution arrives, it will be led by our sisters. Under the "NaMo Drone Didi Yojana," sisters are first being trained as drone pilots, and then the government is providing drones. There is much discussion nationwide about Chhattisgarh's Mahtari Vandana Yojana. Here, millions of sisters are receiving direct assistance every month.”

PM Modi went on to say, “Before 2014, for nearly 60 years, only one family of the Congress directly or indirectly ran the government. The Congress never wants to increase the participation of Dalits, backward classes, and tribal people. In 2014, you entrusted Modi, who came from among you, with such a big responsibility. The BJP made a son of a Dalit family the President of the country. The Congress opposed it. The BJP decided to give the country its first tribal woman President. But the Congress vehemently opposed it.”

Slamming the Congress for their divisive politics, PM Modi said, "The Congress has now started another big game. First, a Congress MP from Karnataka said that they would declare South India a separate country. Now, the Congress candidate from Goa is saying that the Indian Constitution does not apply to Goa. They are clearly stating that the Indian Constitution was imposed on Goa, and they have conveyed these things to the Congress Shehzaada. Today, they are rejecting the Constitution in Goa, tomorrow they will do the same in the entire country."

Highlighting the work done for the backward community, PM Modi stated, “We are providing financial assistance to artisans and craftsmen under Vishwakarma Yojana. For the most marginalized tribes of Chhattisgarh, we have also created the PM Janman Yojana. Earlier, Congress people used to abuse the entire Modi community, the Sahu community; now they talk about breaking Modi's head. The BJP has given constitutional status to the OBC Commission... provided reservation in medical education. So that the children of the poor can also become doctors and engineers, I have started the study of medicine and engineering in the local language. But here, a Congress leader says Modi should die.”

Prime Minister Modi urged voters to exercise their franchise in record numbers in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. He said, “Your vote for the BJP-NDA will build a developed India. Therefore, you must make the lotus bloom at every booth. Will you make the lotus bloom? You have to go door-to-door and say, "Modi ji has said Jai Johar, has greeted with Ram-Ram."