Wheat production in MP this year may cross 84 lakh MT

The state has so far released to the 46 frost affected districts Rs 671.82 crore out of which Rs 413.23 crore weredistributed to the affected farmers as relief.

The Minister, however refused to give actual number offarmers who committed suicide in the state due to frost, butsaid the deaths were "unfortunate" and sympathised with theaggrieved families.

To a question on making agriculture a profitable venture,the Minister said, "we have to reduce the input cost of seed,fertiliser, power and water among others for making itprofitable."

"This can be achieved by switching over to organicfarming in a major way as major use of chemical fertilisershave affected the soils yielding capacity in the country," theminister said.

He also informed that the Madhya Pradesh Government willsoon approve the state''s Organic Farming Policy aimed atmaking an agriculture a profitable venture and improving thequality of the soil.

The draft policy has already been circulated among theCabinet members and also to the MLAs for studying it so thatthey can also give their valuable suggestions in it, theMinisters said.

"The Cabinet was supposed to take up the issue in itslast meeting, but now it will take it soon and once itapproves it, the new Organic farming policy will beimplemented in the state.

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