July 15, 2020 | 11:55 PM IST
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Finance Minister doles out 11-point relief-schemes for agriculture and allied sectors including dairy, fisheries

In the third tranche of splitting the Rs 20 lakh crore Coronavirus relief-package, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Friday, laid out an 11-point plan for the agriculture and allied industries under the Aatma-Nirbhar Bharat Yojna. The FM announced special packages for the fisheries, animal husbandry, dairy sector and even stated setting up of portals for farmers to sell their produce at attractive prices to license as well as non-license holders across the country.

Micro Food Enterprises (MFE) sector

- Rs 10,000 crore funds for about 2 lakh MFEs who will operate on a cluster-based approach

- Strengthen the country’s organic, herbal, nutritional, and health-based sectors under the Vocal for Local Mission programme

Major focus will be given in giving employment to women and those from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes

 

Fisheries sector (Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojna - PMMSY)

- Under PMMSY, funds worth Rs 20,000 crore will  help integrate, sustain development the sector

- The operations of Marine Capture Fisheries and Aquaculture have been relaxed to cover Inland Fisheries

- About 55 lakh people involved in the sector will be given employment.

- A package of Rs 20,000 crore package will be announced for 70 lakh tones of additional fish production in the coming five years and it will double the exports to Rs 1 lakh crore.

 

Vaccination of cattle

- About 53 crore cattle (including 1.5 crore cows and buffaloes) will be tagged and vaccinated to eradicate foot and mouth diseases among them.

- The vaccination will cost Rs 13,342 crore which will be borne by the government.

Dairy, bee-keeper and other produces

- Government will spend Rs 15,000 crore for dairy infrastructure

- Rs 500 crore will be extended for about 2 lakh bee-keepers to encourage the production of wax.

- Produces like kesar from Kashmir, mahakhana from Bihar, ragi from Karnataka, chilies from Andhra Pradesh will be exported. 

Herbal cultivation

- Rs 4,000 crore will be given to the National Medicinal Plants Board to convert about 800-hectre land on both banks of River Ganga into a corridor to grow medicinal herbal plants.

Plans for agriculture sector

- Government plans to amend the Essential Commodities Act, 1955

- Agriculture products including cereals, edible oils, oilseeds, pulses, onions, and potatoes will be de-regulated to ensure competitiveness in the agriculture sector and get better prices for farmers

- Setting up of Central Law to provide adequate opportunities to farmers to sell their produce at attractive prices through e-trading portals

- A legal framework will also be set-up to help farmers fix their own prices and sell them across the country

Top to Total scheme

The Top to Total scheme will provide Rs 500 crore provision to repair the broken supply chain. It will have 50% subsidy on transportation from surplus to deficient markets and 50% will be on storages.

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