Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh today said his government's target is to increase the turnover of agriculture-based businesses to Rs 87,000 crore in the state by 2022. "The turnover of agriculture and allied business had already touched Rs 44,000 crore in the state and the target is to increase it to Rs 87,000 crore by 2022," Singh said in his monthly radio address programme 'Raman Ke Goth'. "The state government has drafted an action plan for agriculture after dividing the state in three climatic zones. As per the quality of soil in respective regions, seeds are being provided to farmers and further crop-related training imparted to them," he said. The Chief Minister asserted that his government is undertaking several measures to fulfil the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's aim to double the income of farmers. Briefing about the achievement in agriculture sector, Singh said the state government had purchased 6.91 crore metric tonne paddy since 2003-2004 to 2016-2017 via co-operative societies and paid Rs 75,000 crore to the farmers against it. Bonus of Rs 2,100 crore has been allocated for farmers for procuring 69 metric tonne paddy in the last kharif marketing year.
Besides, bonus is also being paid to tendupatta leaves collectors and sugarcane farmers, he added. Bonus for the paddy to be procured in the ongoing Kharif season will be disbursed next year. Farmers will get around Rs 1890 (minimum support price + Rs 300 bonus) for selling per quintal of paddy through the Co-Operative societies in this season, Singh added. The state is facing drought-like situation this year and so far as many as 96 tehsils had been declared drought-affected where steps are being taken to ensure relief to cultivators, said the Chief Minister.
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