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Government of India
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
03-December-2010 15:44 IST
Government Measures to Help Agriculture Sector
Agriculture in India is primarily rain fed and occasional drought and floods in different parts of the country do pose a challenge for the agriculture sector. However, the Government has taken various measures to mitigate their adverse impact. There are many causes of suicide by farmers which include indebtedness, drought, crop failure, lack of family support, failure of social institutions and social & economic insecurity.

The Government has announced the National Policy for Farmers, 2007 incorporating many recommendation of the National Commission for Farmers that are aimed at the revival of Indian agriculture.

A Rehabilitation Package of Rs. 16978.69 crore was approved in 2006 covering 31 suicide prone districts in 4 States initially for a period of 3 years to address the problem of agrarian distress. The period for implementation of the non-credit components of the package has been extended by 2 more years i.e. up to September 30, 2011.

Implementation of the Agricultural Debt Waiver and Debt Relief Scheme, 2008 has benefitted about 3.69 crore farmers in the country involving an estimated amount of Rs. 65,318.33 crore.

The Government has enhanced the interest subvention for timely repayment of crop loans up to Rs. 3 lakh from 1% to 2% for the year 2010-11. Thus, the effective rate of interest for such farmers who repay their loans in time will be 5% per annum.

For the overall development of agriculture and allied sectors, assistance is being provided to farmers through various central schemes such as Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, National Food Security Mission, National Horticulture Mission etc.

The Government has also amended the Guidelines of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in July, 2009 permitting provision of irrigation facility, horticultural plantation and land development works on land belonging to small and marginal farmers under this scheme.

The Minimum Support Prices of major cereals have been increased substantially during the last 5 years.

This information was given by Prof. K.V. Thomas, Minister of State for Agriculture in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

MP: SB:CP: measures (3.12.2010)