Radha Mohan Singh the Union Agriculture Minister and BJP MP from Bihar had invited citizens of India to post their queries on Facebook, related to the work that falls under the domain of his ministry.
The minister got numerous queries of which he answered many. Mr. Singh ended his chat by thanking all those who joined the Facebook question and answer. He also added that he will make such sessions a regular feature.
Help for agriculture entrepreneurs:
Manjunath B Kulkarni who is MSc in Agriculture requested the minister to make the process of starting an agriculture based business unit easy. He suggested that there should be a single window system for loan for agriculture enterprises that will make it easy for many agriculture graduates to start their own enterprise.
To which the minister replied that the current ACABC scheme is for the same purpose. He could contact MANAGE Hyderabad (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Director (Extension), DAC&FW (email@example.com) for further guidance.
Stipend for Veterinary students:
In reply to a query on stipend to the students who are doing masters in veterinary field he said that the proposal for enhancement of allowances is under process.
Help for fisheries students:
While to a PhD student in fisheries he said that to start a new entrepreneurship project in fisheries he can avail central sector scheme of DADF that provides financial assistance for construction of ponds, fish hatcheries and one time input for fish culture etc. The minister also suggested that he reach out to Department of Fisheries in the home state.
Soil healthcare in Bihar and UP:
When requested to improve soil healthcare in Bihar and UP the minister said that, Bihar and UP are already implementing soil health card scheme and have distributed 12.55 lac and 15.46 lac soil health card to farmers so far. For more details, the minister asked the anxious citizen to contact district agriculture officer.
On minimising role of middleman:
The minister said that, "We have started National Agriculture Market #eNAM to integrate mandis, reduce middlemen and increase farmers share in consumer rupee. We are also working with the states to reform their APMC Acts so as to reduce the middlemen and promote direct marketing by farmers".
On protection of crops:
The minister said that, "My Ministry issues advisories to the states for protection of crops from wild animals. The State Governments are empowered to take steps to protect the crops from wild animals".
On veterinary education:
The minister said that, "Veterinary Education is a State subject and setting up of veterinary colleges falls within the mandate of State Governments. However, to meet the shortage of trained veterinary manpower in the country, the Government of India has taken several initiatives such as increase in number of recognised Veterinary Colleges from 36 to 46 and also increase in number of annual veterinary graduates from 2160 to 3398. Further, increase in seats in 17 Veterinary Colleges from 914 to 1334".
For livestock development:
"Livestock Development Boards are principal implementing agencies for implementation of National Program for Bovine Breeding and Rashtriya Gokul Mission. Central monitoring evaluates semen stations in the country to improve quality of semen. Semen stations under Andhra Pradesh have already been evaluated. Under NPBB, funds are being released to the states for establishment of MAITRIs to deliver breeding inputs at farmers' doorstep."
On organising small and marginalised farmers:
The minister informed that, "Government announces Minimum Support Price for 23 important agricultural commodities. Farmers are however, free to sell in open market if prices in market are advantageous to them".
About Panchavati Panjrapole Nasik:
The minister replied that, "Projects submitted by the state government under national program for bovine breeding and rashtiya gokul mission has been approved with total cost of rupees 54.39 crores. Out of this an amount of rupees 41.47 crore is approved for implementation of rashriya gokul mission. Funds are approved for establishment of three gokul grams with maharashtra livestock development board. Please contact Maharashtra Livestock development board for Gokul Grams proposed to be established in maharashtra state".
The minister listed the schemes in animal husbandry like - Rashtriya Gokul Mission, Blue Revolution, National Live Stock Mission, Live Stock Health schemes, Dairy development schemes under which benefits are provided to take the animal husbandry sector forward.
The minister was also congratulated for efforts of Union Government and his ministry for improving the agriculture in Bihar by implementing schemes like Soil Health Card, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Irrigation scheme, national agriculture marketing online platform, and many more.