Fitter Story. In Chhattisgarh, the Bhupesh government is brightening the fortunes of the farmers. Chhattisgarh is becoming the millet hub of the country. Annadata is earning bumper profits from millet cultivation. The swaying crops in the fields are praising Bhupesh Sarkar. Along with the farmers, the families are also looking happy. The trend of farmers is increasing rapidly towards agriculture. Bhupesh Sarkar has put crores of rupees in the pocket of the farmers. 39.60 crore has been paid into the accounts of Annadatas cultivating Kodo, Kutki and Ragi. 13 thousand tonnes of millet has been procured from the farmers.
Target to do 1 lakh 60 thousand hectare
In fact, as a result of the state government encouraging the cultivation of millet, the trend of farmers is increasing rapidly towards the cultivation of Kodo, Kutki and Ragi. Millet Mission has also been started to promote millet cultivation in the state. Chhattisgarh State Minor Forest Produce Association has purchased 5 thousand 273 tonnes of millet worth Rs 16.03 crore in the year 2021-22 and 13 thousand 05 tonnes of millet worth Rs 39.60 crore in the year 2022-23 at the support price. In the Kharif year 2023, a target has been set to increase the area under cultivation of millets from 96 thousand hectare to 01 lakh 60 thousand hectare.
Millets are being procured at support price
Special initiative of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel Millets are being procured on support price. Chhattisgarh is the only state in the country, where along with the purchase of Kodo, Kutki and Ragi at the support price, the work of its value addition is also being done. The state government has fixed the support price of Kodo-Kutki at Rs.3,000 per quintal and Ragi at Rs.3,377 per quintal. In the last season, farmers had sold 34 thousand 298 quintals of millets for Rs 10 crore 45 lakh on the support price.
Balluram earned 68 thousand rupees from ragi cultivation
Farmer Balluram of Amlidih village of Dongargaon development block planted ragi crop in 1 hectare instead of paddy under the National Agricultural Development Scheme, in which vermicompost prepared under the government’s ambitious Godhan Nyaya Yojana was used and the seeds of ragi crop were also provided free of cost to the farmer, In which 12 quintal production was obtained after harvesting. By selling ragi, he got an income of 68 thousand rupees. Balluram said that comparing the cost and profit with his traditional paddy crop, his profit has been almost one and a half times more. Now every year ragi crop will be taken in maximum area.
Millets are rich in nutrients
Coarse grains have been used for a long time in many tribal areas of the country. It is very beneficial from the point of view of health, so now these grains are being used a lot in other areas as well. According to experts, Kodo, Kutki and Ragi have been considered as protein and vitamin rich grains. By consuming it, there is benefit in diseases like sugar, BP. Crops like Kodo, Kutki, Ragi have an important place in the tribal culture and food of Surguja and Bastar.
Chhattisgarh has got National Award
Significantly, in the matter of promoting the cultivation of millets, the state of Chhattisgarh has also received the National Level Nutritious Grain Award 2022. To promote millets production in the state, it has been included in the Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana. To encourage millets producing farmers, exchange assistance of Rs 9 thousand per acre is also being given. Less water and less fertilizer are needed in the cultivation of millets, as a result of which the cost of its cultivation is very less and the profit of the productive farmers is more.
Millet will be hi-tech farming in 14 districts
Keeping in mind the promotion of millet cultivation, training of farmers, availability of high quality seeds and increase in productivity, Millet Mission is being run in the state. 14 districts have signed a tripartite MoU with IIMR Hyderabad under Millet Mission with the efforts of Chhattisgarh State Minor Forest Produce Association. Under the Chhattisgarh Millet Mission, a target has also been set to increase the productivity of millet from 4.5 quintals to 9 quintals per acre.
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