Rajasthan is promoting crop diversification as a way of shielding farmers against the vagaries of nature. The farmers have made use of the soil health cards issued to them for selecting crop patterns on the basis of productivity of land and the local agro-climatic conditions.
With low land productivity and increasing use of pesticides in agriculture adversely affecting nutrients in the foodgrains, farmers are also taking up horticulture, dairy farming, pisciculture and food processing to augment their income.
State Agriculture Minister Prabhu Lal Saini has said that the government would promote the policies for export of spices and processing of agricultural produces and publicise them among the agriculturists. He said Rs. 7,400 crore had been released to provide relief to farmers in the instances of natural calamities during the last four years.
“Farmers coming to mandis with their crops are extended all facilities, including food at highly subsidised prices under the Kisan Kaleva Yojana,” Mr. Saini said while addressing a convention of Rajasthan Krishi Paryavekshak Sangathan in Bhilwara. He pointed out that an assistance of Rs. 143 crore had been paid to the families of 1,300 farmers who had met with accidents while performing agriculture and irrigation-related works. He called upon the Krishi Paryavekshaks to act as a bridge between the State government and farmers.
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