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Central schemes to boost agro growth

The centrally sponsored schemes are providing boost to the state government efforts to double the income of farmers within the next five years in Himachal Pradesh.

An official spokesperson said here on Sunday that the state government is according top priority to agriculture for which a dozen centrally sponsored schemes are being implemented in the state.

The schemes are mainly being implemented on 90:10 basis with objectives of increasing irrigation facilities, encouraging off-season vegetable, organic farming and diversification of cropping pattern in the state, he said, adding that at present about 5.42 lakh hectare land is under cultivation out of which 80% area depends on rains for irrigation.

National Agriculture Development Scheme, PradhanMantri Agro-Irrigation Scheme, PradhanMantri Crop Insurance Yojna and Soil Testing scheme have mainly influenced the farmers to come forward to adopt new crop-pattern, particularly the cash crops to transform their economy, he added.

“Under National Agriculture Development Scheme, agricultural plans have been prepared in association with the farmers for the first time in the state, keeping in view the local priorities and needs to ensure at least 4% inclusive growth in the agriculture sector in the State.