Bhubaneswar, Nov 23: Union Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Minister Dharmedra Pradhan said the Central Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken historic and bold initiatives to empower the country’s farmers, including those in Odisha.
The Minister said is heralding pathways for our farmers to enable them harness the full potential of agriculture and become self-reliant.
Strengthening the hands of our ‘Annadatas’ like never before, Narendra Modi’s government has paid a total of Rs 60,836.97 crore to farmers in Odisha in the last 6 years under several agricultural schemes through direct cash benefit, remunerative pricing, crop insurance etc, said Pradhan.
The Minister said that the Modi government procured paddy at MSP worth Rs 53,680.25 crore from farmers in Odisha during 2014-15 to 2019-20. From Rs 1360 per quintal in 2014-15 to Rs 1868 per quintal in 2020-21, MSP of paddy witnessed a progressive hike during the last 6 years yielding higher returns for farmers.
Pradhan further said that all eligible small and marginal farmers in Odisha have benefitted from PMKisan Yojana. Rs 2731.87 crore has been paid directly into bank account of farmers in Odisha since 2018-19 to ease liquidity constraints for procuring inputs and enable them to meet other household expenses, he added.
A total of Rs 4,424.85 crores of claims have been paid to 20.94 lakh farmers in Odisha under PMFBY since 2016-17. The central government is working determinedly to ensure prosperity and well-being of the backbones of our economy—our farmers, including those in Odisha, he lastly said.