Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has hailed the package of more than Rs 1.63 lakh crore announced for “Agriculture and allied sector” by the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today. Package focuses on supply chain, storage and establishment of other systems besides administrative reform and good governance.
The Chief Minister has thanked the Central Government for making the provision of rupees one lakh crore for post-harvest management, food processing, better agricultural infrastructure for primary agricultural societies, etc. He said that this decision would benefit in value addition for the farmers of the country.
He also welcomed the announcement of Rs 10,000 crore funds to encourage local micro industries in the food processing sector, which would benefit about 2 lakh units. He said that this would encourage local entrepreneurs to produce health products, organic products etc.
on cluster basis. This fund can also be availed for harness of Minor Forest Produce. He said that this fund would also largely benefit the people of Himachal Pradesh.
Jai Ram Thakur has also welcomed the announcement of provision of Rs 20 thousand crore for fishery sector which would encourage marine and inland activities with Rs. 11 thousand crore under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana and Rs 9 thousand crore for necessary infrastructure for assistance of fishermen.
The Chief Minister has also welcomed the decision of the Central Government to ensure vaccination of all animals to protect them from foot and mouth diseases of about 53 crore animals of cattle rearers by making a provision of about Rs 13,343 crore. He said that this would benefit the milk producers of the state and would enhance their income.
Jai Ram Thakur has also thanked the Central Government for earmarking Rs 500 crore for bee keeping. He said that this would benefit about two crore bee keepers for production of honey, wax and other products, which would also give a boost to the rural economy. He has also welcomed the plan to include other crops besides onion and tomatoes on pilot basis for 6 months in the ‘Top-to-Total’ scheme, under which assistance of 50 percent subsidy on transportation and 50 percent subsidy assistance would be provided for storage. The scheme would also be implemented in other areas on the basis of its success.
The Chief Minister welcomed the decision to amend the Essential Commodities Act to de-regulate tomatoes, potatoes, onions, pulses, oilseeds, etc.
Jai Ram Thakur also welcomed the decision to introduce a central law aimed at providing various options to farmers to sell their produce at attractive prices, which would remove the bottlenecks in inter-state transportation of agricultural produce. He said that this would give farmers an opportunity to sell their produce in the market of their choice and it would increase their income by getting fair price.