Monsoon delay: Agriculture Cabinet finalises contingency plans for farmers
emergency meeting of Agriculture Cabinet was held at Mantralaya here on Tuesday
to discuss situations emerging in Madhya Pradesh due to monsoon delay. The
meeting finalised contingency plans for farmers.
meeting, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that preparations should be
made at every level to deal with any adverse situation. He directed
departmental officers to chalk out contingency plans for farmers.
has deteriorated in the wake of climatic changes due to Al Nino factor.
Extremely below normal or negligible rains have been registered in a number
districts in the state. Concern is being expressed throughout the country on
delay in arrival of monsoon.
Chouhan has assured
farmers not to worry about situation arising out of delay in monsoon. The
government has detailed and effective contingency action plan.
Taking a serious
view on sellers of spurious fertilisers and seeds, the Chief Minister said that
it would not be enough to register FIR against them. Such sellers cheating on
farmers should be sent to jail. The meeting was informed that 17 sellers of
substandard seeds have been caught.
Chouhan directed to
prepare two separate contingency plans for arrival of monsoon before July 15
and after July 15. He directed to chalk out action plans regarding availability
of water in reservoirs in the state, seeds & fertilisers and alternative
sowing based on type of soil and fields.
He said that a
campaign should be launched to advice farmers as to sowing of which crop will
be beneficial for them in case of late sowing due to monsoon delay. A scheme to
inform and educate farmers should also be chalked out.
He instructed for
district-wise review of seed and water availability. He said that attention
should be paid to availability of seeds of crops grown in tribal areas in emergency.
If needed, control rooms should also be set up at state and district levels.
The meeting decided
that water would be released as per requirement from irrigation reservoirs for
survival of crops. Water will be reserved in reservoirs only for emergency. For
the first time, onion crops will be sown in 5 thousand hectare during Kharif in
the state. Farmers should be motivated to sow early ripening crops.