Agartala, Sep 28, 2022, ENEWSTIME Desk
Tripura Government has provided Rs 704.54 lakh to at least 41,581 farmers of Tripura who incurred losses owing to unseasonal rains and other natural calamities, said Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha.
Dr. Saha was addressing an event of providing financial compensation to the affected farmers under the state-based National Disaster Relief Fund scheme at Rajarshi Hall in Udaipur under Gomati District in Tripura.
Speaking on this occasion, he said, “A prosperous Tripura will develop only if the farmers are self-reliant. Farmers are the backbone of the country. The incumbent government is a farmer friendly government.”
In this connection, the Chief Minister referred to Government’s decision to double the farmers’ earning and said, as a result of the initiative, farmers earnings increased to Rs 11 thousand 96 in 2020-21 from Rs 6580 in 2015-16.
Dr Saha also mentioned that Queen Variety pineapple was declared as ‘State Fruit’ and with the initiative of the government, pineapple started to be exported to other states and abroad.
“So far 9 thousand 909 metric tons of Tripura pineapples have been exported to various states of the country and abroad including Dubai and Qatar. Pineapple farmers have a total business of Rs 11 crore 67 lakh”, the Chief Minister commented.
Dr Saha highlighted various government schemes including – Chief Minister’s Swanirbhar Parivar Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Chief Minister Pushpa Udyan Yojna etc. and said that government is working on those schemes to double-up farmers’ income and make them self-reliant.
He said the floriculture sector has been developed in the state with the involvement of a large section of farmers.
“Earlier we had to import flowers from Kolkata, but now the state of Tripura has become self-reliant in producing flowers of different varieties. Government has made an arrangement of 574 hectares of land for flower cultivation and opened 455 units for production of exotic varieties of flowers,” he said.
In his speech, Agriculture Minister Pranjit Singha Ray said, “Never before has financial assistance been given to such a large number of affected farmers together,” he said, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the PM-Kisan scheme so that the affected farmers can continue to produce crops on their land”.