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Tripura govt initiates steps to double farmers income: Jishnu Debbarma

Tripura govt initiates steps to double farmers income: Jishnu Debbarma

Udaipur, Mar 01(UNI) The Tripura Govenment has taken numerous initiatives in agriculture and allied sectors in keeping with Prime Minster Narendra Modi's vision of " Doubling the Farmers Income by 2022."

This was stated by Tripura deputy chief minister Jishnu Debbarma in his second budget speech. he said the economy of the state was primarily agrarian, with about 50 per cent of the population dependent on agriculture.

He said the cropping intensity at present was 191 per cent, the highest in the North East. Concerted efforts were being made for increasing rice production by increasing area under “System of Rice Intensification” (SRI) and Hybrid Paddy,he added.

Directorate of Economics & Statistics Planning (Statistics) Department, Government of Tripura, has published the economic review of Tripura in which it has revealed that the the state's economy was basically agrarian and characterized by high rate of poverty, low per-capita income, low capital formation, inadequate infrastructural facilities, geographical isolation, communication bottleneck, inadequate exploitation, inadequate use of forest and mineral resources, low progress in industrial field and high unemployment problem. More than 42 per cent of its population now directly depends on agriculture & allied activities.

To ensure optimum use of fertilizers, Soil Heath Card Scheme has proved to be immensely beneficial and 46,619 Soil Health Cards have already been distributed to the farmers till December, 2018. In order to increase the coverage under “Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana” (PMFBY), the Government has decided to meet the premium burden of the farmers of High-risk Zone under the Scheme. For dissemination of technical Knowledge at farmers’ doorsteps, the Government has already opened 13 Krishak Bandhu Kendras (KBKs) and more KBKs are being opened in a phased manner, said Deputy CM of Tripura Jishnu Debbarma in his second budget.


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