Agricultural budget: DMK government focuses on promoting organic farming and digitization

In its second agricultural budget, the DMK government proposed a dozen assorted measures to deter farmers from converting agricultural land into housing sites. Also, the revival of indigenous seeds and organic farming, the establishment of a gene pool for the digitization of the agricultural process, the modernization and decentralization of the supply chain are included in the budget document.

The budget was presented on Saturday by the Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Mr. K. Panneerselvam, with an allocation of Rs 33,007.68 crore. The allocation in the last financial year was Rs 32,775,78 crore.

A sum of Rs 132 crore has been allocated for the Chief Minister’s Arid Land Development Mission which will cover 7.5 lakh acres of arid land clusters for agriculture. There is a target of 126 lakh MT of food grain production for 2022-23.

It is proposed to launch Kalaignarin All Village Integrated Agricultural Development Scheme in 3,204 panchayats at a cost of Rs 300 crore. An allocation of Rs 2,399 crore as state share for crop insurance subsidy, coconut development scheme, conservation measures for traditional paddy varieties, alternative crop support during the kuruvai season, the food parks and skill development program were other highlights of the document.

The government is proposing a national agricultural development program with an allocation of Rs 71 crore to meet the needs of farmers and increase their income to promote organic farming. For digitization, a software-managed system is proposed to provide real-time service to farmers, in addition to a mobile application to integrate organic certification activities.

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