Ministry of Agriculture
has prepared Contingency plans for 353 districts across the country for
implementing location specific interventions to sustain agriculture
Subsidy on seeds has been enhanced to partially recompense the farmers
for the expenditure in re-sowing and/or purchasing drought tolerant
variety of seeds. In view of deficient rainfall, states such as Punjab,
Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh have been allocated with additional power
from Central Pool.
Reserve Bank of India issued standing guidelines to banks for providing
relief to the farmers in areas affected by natural calamities including
drought. These guidelines have been issued to enable the banks to take
uniform and concerted action expeditiously, particularly to provide the
financial assistance to the farmers affected by natural calamities.
These guidelines inter-alia envisage the following:
- Conversion/re-scheduling of loans in the event of natural calamity for
periods ranging from 3 to 9 years depending upon the successive crop
failure/intensity of damage of crops.
- Grant of fresh crop loans to affected farmers
- Conversion of principal as well as interest due on the existing loans
- Grant of consumption loans
- Not to compound interest of loans converted/rescheduled etc.
- Not to charge penal interest in respect of current dues in default.
In so far as fertilizer prices is concerned, Urea is provided at a fixed
Maximum Retail Price (MRP) of Rs. 5310 per metric ton since 01.04.2010.
Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) Policy is being implemented on Phosphatic
and Potassic (P&K) fertilizers under which a fixed subsidy is provided
based on its nutrient content. MRP is fixed by fertilizer companies. The
prices of P&K fertilizers have increased mainly due to increase in
international prices of fertilizers and due to depreciation of Indian
rupee. However, Government provides subsidy to the extent of 50% to 67%
of the delivered cost on these fertilizers.
To protect the yield losses to standing crops of the farmers due to
non-preventable causes including natural calamities and adverse weather
conditions, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India has been
implementing 4 schemes namely (1) National Agricultural Insurance Scheme
(NAIS); (2) Modified National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (MNAIS); (3)
Pilot Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) and (4) Coconut Palm
Insurance Scheme (CPIS).
National Water Development Agency (NWDA) has identified 30 river linking
projects for preparation of Feasibility Reports (FRs).
Ministry of Water Resources under its schemes “Project for Repair,
Renovation & Restoration (RRR) of Water Bodies” has taken up 14228 water
bodies for restoration.
This information was given by Shri Harish Rawat, Minister of State for
Agriculture and Food Processing Industries in written reply to a
question in the Rajya Sabha today.