NE gets Rs 418 cr for agricultural revolution
Aizawl, Jul 7: The Union Ministry of Agriculture has allocated Rs 418 crores for various agricultural development projects in the NE region during the current fiscal.
The new projects aim to improve the standards of agricultural activities in the region through the latest technologies, said officials here yesterday.
Out of the total allocation, Rs 7.50 crores has been earmarked for the state agricultural extension programmes, setting up agri-business and agri-clinics in each NE states, mass-media support to agriculture extension and extension support to central institutes of directorate.
About Rs 250 crores has been allocated for technology mission on integrated development of horticulture in NE region including Sikkim, micro irrigation and national mission on bamboo technology and trade development.
Apart from this, Rs 1.4 crore has been earmarked to conduct agriculture census across the region, RS 0.87 crores for study on cost of cultivation of principal crops, Rs 1.00 crore for improvement of agricultural statistics, Rs 0.25 crore for Agro economic research centres and Rs 1.20 crore for transport subsidy on seeds and establishment and maintenance of seed bank.
Funds allocated for other new schemes were Rs 3.00 crore national project on promotion of organic farming and Rs 1.00 crore for promotion and strengthening of agricultural mechanisation, the officials said.
The rest Rs 151.78 crores has been allocated for technology misson on cotton, farm water management, construction of rural godowns, cooperative education and training, investment in debenture of state land development banks, insurance schemes, strengthening IT apparatus and macro management schemes.