Govt buys `1.6k cr worth groundnut from farmers

Gandhinagar: The State Cabinet held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, was on Wednesday dominated by discussions on farmers’ issues and the controversial LRD reservation circular.

Farmers in the State have been grappling with one problem after the other. At present when their crop is up for sale, it isn’t fetching sufficient prices that can even recover their cost. They have often been seen dumping their products on roads or donating to Gaushala. The government is finding it tough to keep the farmers happy.

Agriculture Minister R C Faldu told media persons after the Cabinet meeting that during the groundnut procurement season, the State Government has purchased groundnut from 2,41 lakh farmers and already Rs 1,662 crore has been paid to them.

“The groundnut procurement is still going on. There is not a single complaint of non payment or delayed payment.” Faldu also said that under Prime Minister Kisan scheme, as many as 47.70 lakh farmers have received benefits and Rs 3,132.45 crore transferred in their account.

The State Government is committed to farmers and agricultural development and so issue that hampers them is immediately being addressed, the Agriculture Minister said. He added that the government has already released Kisan Credit Cards to 28 lakh farmers “and it will see that all 56 lakh get the cards.”

Farmers had suffered huge losses during October and November due to unseasonal rains.

The State Government had declared special relief package, under which 32 lakh farmers have filed applications. So far, the government has made payment of Rs 1895.95 crore to 25.18 lakh farmers and remaining applications will be attended and relief disbursed soon.

In December, the government announced Rs 3,795 crore package for the farmers. Some 28.61 lakh farmers will receive compensation of Rs 6,800 per hectare with a cap of two hectares, while 22 lakh farmers will receive Rs 4,000 per agriculture family.