You are here: Home » Economic Revival » Agriculture » News
Business Standard

Govt transfers over Rs 19,000 cr to 95.5 mn farmers under PM-KISAN scheme

Govt said that the sowing of summer crops and procurement of rabi crops were going on uninterrupted during the fourth phase of lockdown

Topics
Coronavirus | PM-KISAN | PM-KISAN scheme

Agencies  |  New Delhi 

PM KISAN
FILE PHOTO: A farmer harvests wheat crop at a field during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, Amritsar | Photo: PTI

Union agriculture ministry on Friday said that the Centre had released Rs 19,100.77 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme during the period since March 24, and that around 95.5 million farmer families had benefitted from the scheme so far.

The Centre provides Rs 6,000 per year to around 140 million farmers, in three equal instalments, under the scheme, which was announced last year in February.

"Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) Scheme during the period from March 24 till date, about 95.5 million farmer families have benefitted and an amount of Rs 19,100.77 crore has been released so far," the agriculture ministry said in a statement.

ALSO READ: Rs 1-trn fund, bee keeping: FM Sitharaman's 11 steps to help farmers

The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare said that sowing of summer crops and procurement of rabi crops were going on uninterrupted during the

Giving an update on sowing operations for kharif (summer sown) crops, the ministry said about 3.487 million hectares of area had been covered so far under paddy, compared with 2.529 million hectares during the corresponding period last year. About 1.282 million hectares of area was under pulses coverage, compared with 967,000 hectares during the corresponding period last year.

Sowing of coarse cereals had reached about 1.028 million hectares area, compared with 730,000 hectares during the same period last year. About 928,000 hectares area had been sown under oilseeds, against 734,000 hectares in the same period last year, the ministry said.

ALSO READ: Govt disbursed Rs 18,253 cr to 90 mn farmers under PM-KISAN: FM Sitharaman

"A quantity of 589,000 tonnes f gram (chana), 497,000 tonnes of mustard and 499,000 tonnes of toor (arhar) has been procured by NAFED during the lockdown period," the statement said.

In a separate release, the ministry informed about planned activities to expand Integrated Farming Systems (IFS) in rainfed areas. A series of webinars were scheduled by Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare to educate states on the 60 agro-climatic zone wise IFS models developed by ICAR, it said.

The first webinar was held on Friday for Central Plateau and Hills (MP and Rajasthan), Gujarat Plains and Hills and Western Dry Region (Rajasthan).

IFS has tremendous potential for increasing incomes of small farmers from the same plot of land by adopting a multi-tier system of crops, horticulture, poultry, animal husbandry, agroforestry and some value addition too, the statement said.

First Published: Sat, May 23 2020. 11:00 IST