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Close to 50 MN farmers benefited from implementation of modern techniques in agriculture

25 Dec 2018

As per the results of ‘Situation Assessment Survey of Agricultural Households’ conducted by National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) in 2013, about 63.5 percent of the agricultural households in the rural areas of the country reported cultivation as their principal source of income. Details of the number of farmers still following age old practices are not available in the Survey.

NEW DELHI, 25 December 2018: As per the results of ‘Situation Assessment Survey of Agricultural Households’ conducted by National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) in 2013, about 63.5 percent of the agricultural households in the rural areas of the country reported cultivation as their principal source of income. Details of the number of farmers still following age old practices are not available in the Survey.

Government has been taking various initiatives to create awareness among farmers about new techniques through such programmes as  extension reforms, Mass Media Support to Agricultural Extension, Kisan Call Centers, Agri-Clinics and Agri-business Centers, Exhibitions/Fairs, etc.

A Centrally Sponsored Scheme ‘Support to State Extension Programmes for Extension Reforms’ popularly known as ATMA Scheme is being implemented in 676 districts of 29 states & 3 UTs of the country, including all the districts of Maharashtra & Jharkhand. The scheme promotes decentralized and farmer-friendly extension system in the country.

Under the Scheme, Grants-in-aid is released to the State Governments {In the ratio of 60:40 (Centre:State) to General States, 90:10 for North-Eastern & 3 Himalayan States and 100% for UTs} with an objective to support State Government’s efforts to revitalize their extension system and making available the latest agricultural technologies and good agricultural practices in different thematic areas.

The extension activities include farmers training, demonstrations, exposure visits, Kisan Mela, mobilization of Farmers Groups and organizing Farm Schools, etc.

Since inception w.e.f. 2005-06 to 2018-19 (upto 6th December, 2018), over 483.82 lakh farmers have been benefitted through different extension activities under the Scheme. Details are given in the Annexure. 

Annexure

Annexure in reference to reply to Part (c) to (f) of L.S Unstarred Q.No. 104 due for

Reply on 11-12-2018 

Details of farmers benefitted through different extension activities from 2005-06 to 2018-19 (up to 6th December, 2018)

S. N0.

STATE

ATMA Districts

Farmers Benefitted

1

Andhra Pradesh

13

1963115

2

Bihar

38

5331746

3

Chhatisgarh

27

1400716

4

Goa

2

15731

5

Gujarat

33

3880759

6

Haryana

21

659145

7

Himachal Pradesh

12

573877

8

J & K

22

158055

9

Jharkhand

24

908944

10

Karnataka

29

2195407

11

Kerala

14

2070533

12

Maharashtra

33

2946071

13

Madhya Pradesh

51

3786817

14

Orissa

30

4280660

15

Punjab

22

1712617

16

Rajasthan

33

2660159

17

Telangana

30

477732

18

Tamil Nadu

31

3209473

19

Uttar Pradesh

75

5561465

20

Uttarakhand

13

1056672

21

West Bengal

19

1622076

22

Assam

26

101207

23

Arunachal Pradesh

21

281355

24

Manipur

9

135578

25

Meghalaya

11

35185

26

Mizoram

8

143436

27

Nagaland

11

867961

28

Tripura

8

135912

29

Sikkim

4

83428

30

Delhi

1

162

31

Puducherry

2

24934

32

A&N

3

101416

 

Total

676

48382343

 

This information was given by Minister of State for Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

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