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Madhya Pradesh gives Rs 12,000-crore assistance to farmers in one year

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh government has provided subsidy, relief and bonus worth Rs 12,345.27-crore to 1,49,14,620 farmers last year. This is for the first time in the history of the country that farmers have been provided such huge amount of assistance in one single year. It is also remarkable that the amount has been deposited directly mainly in the bank accounts of farmers.

Relief worth Rs 3,048.50-crore was distributed against losses to crops due to natural calamity benefiting 47,51,000 farmers. Bonus worth Rs 1,327.73-crore was given to 12,82,527 farmers on procurement of paddy, maize and wheat on minimum support price. Of this, Rs 233.95-crore was paid as bonus on paddy, Rs 12.99-crore on maize and Rs 1,080.79-crore on wheat.

Meanwhile, Rs 2504.04-crore was distributed to 17,80,221 farmers under National Agriculture Insurance Scheme. Farmers Welfare and Agriculture Department has given away Rs 237.46 crore to 1,79,872 crore farmers as subsidy. Energy Department also gave subsidy to farmers worth Rs 4,667 crore to 15.84 lakh on agriculture pumps.

Cooperatives Department gave away Rs 560.39 crore to 31.37 lakh farmers as subsidy on interest-free loans to farmers last year.