The state government has decided to re-implement the scheme after a gap of nearly one season because of the growing demand of small-time farmers across the state to review subsidy on harvesters.
After observing some manipulation in scheme launched by the erstwhile Congress government, the department of agriculture had stopped the scheme, and instead announced the support price of Rs 2 on per kilogram of rice.
According the scheme, farmers clubs were provided subsidy on purchase of harvesters. The Minister for Agriculture Ramesh Tawadkar said, “The government has decided to reconsider the scheme. Many farmers have placed their genuine problems before us. In Canacona and other talukas, there are hilly agricultural lands where harvesters cannot be moved. Secondly, the government has considered the genuine requests of small-time farmers, more of Salcete, who cultivate their small land holdings for their own consumption and, hence, a decision has been taken to re-implement the scheme.’’
The scheme was stopped after the government observed that despite providing subsidy to the farmers clubs of up to Rs 17.5 lakh for purchase of harvesters, few farmers clubs did not rent it out at subsidised rates.
"The department is committed to boost agriculture and, hence, will protect the interest of small-time farmers. He said the process of re-implementing the scheme has been completed," said Director of agriculture Ulhas Pai Kakode.