Staff Reporter, Bhopal
An emergency meeting of Agriculture Cabinet was held at Mantralaya here today to discuss situations emerging in Madhya Pradesh due to monsoon delay. The meeting finalised contingency plans for farmers.
Chairing the meeting, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that preparations should be made at every level to deal with any adverse situation. He directed departmental officers to chalk out contingency plans for farmers. It is noteworthy that monsoon situation has deteriorated in the wake of climatic changes due to Al Nino factor. Extremely below normal or negligible rains have been registered in a number districts in the state. Concern is being expressed throughout the country on delay in arrival of monsoon.
Chouhan has assured farmers not to worry about situation arising out of delay in monsoon. The government has detailed and effective contingency action plan.
Taking a serious view on sellers of spurious fertilisers and seeds, the Chief Minister said that it will not be enough to register FIR against them. Such sellers cheating on farmers should be sent to jail. The meeting was informed that 17 sellers of substandard seeds have been caught.
Chouhan directed to prepare 2 separate contingency plans for arrival of monsoon before July 15 and after July 15. He directed to chalk out action plans regarding availability of water in reservoirs in the state, seeds & fertilisers and alternative sowing on the basis of type of soil and fields.
He said that a campaign should be launched to advise farmers as to sowing of which crop will be beneficial for them in case of late sowing due to monsoon delay. A scheme to inform and educate farmers should also be chalked out. He instructed for district-wise review of seed and water availability. He said that attention should be paid to availability of seeds of crops grown in tribal areas in emergency situation. If needed, control rooms should also be set up at state and district levels.
The meeting decided that water will be released as per requirement from irrigation reservoirs for survival of crops. Water will be reserved in reservoirs only for emergency situation.
For the first time, onion crops will be sown in 5 thousand hectare during Kharif in the state. Farmers should be motivated to sow early ripening crops.
The meeting was informed that Al Nino effect has brought about climatic change throughout the world affecting farming. Kharif crops, mainly paddy, maize and soybean, have been sown in 130.20 lakh hectare. It was also informed that National Seeds Corporation, seed producing cooperative societies and Seed Corporation have adequate quantity of seeds.
Under contingency plans, farmers will be advised to sow early-ripening varieties of millet, maize, sesame, arhar, moong, urad, soybean and paddy if monsoon arrives before July 15 and sowing of arandi, urad and sesame in case of monsoon arrival after July 15.
For the first time, weather-based scheme is being implemented in horticulture sector in the state including banana, potato, tomato, brinjal, cauliflower, cabbage and chilli.
Ministers, Chief Secretary Shri Anthony de Sa and senior officers were present on the occasion.