Cotton producers to get Rs 4,000 per hectare assistance: Chavan


Nagpur, Dec 23 : Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today announced in the state assembly details of the Rs 2000 crore financial package for cotton, soyabeen and paddy growing farmers.

He said cotton producers would get financial assistance of Rs 4,000 per hectare and paddy and soyabeen producers would get help of Rs 2,000 per hectare each. The overall help was restricted upto a limit of 2 hectares and there is a condition of 25 per cent less production as compared to Past three years average, he said.

On persistent queries about the package, Mr Chavan declared that every farmer would get at least Rs 500. Farmers would get this assistance through their bank accounts.

Cotton producers would directly get assistance, whereas paddy and soyabeen farmers would get the assistance on conditional basis, he added.

The Government is thinking about separate commission for the development of ”Non irrigated land” and it would come into effect within three months, he said.

”We are planning to arrange Rs 10,000 crore for non-irrigated land in the next five year plan,” he said.

Most of the members started shouting and demanded more assistance for farmers without any condition. But, the Chief Minister just said government could take this decision after the actual figures came to his notice.

Memebrs were still not satisfied with his answer and started shouting. Thereafter, speaker Dilip Walse Patil adjourned the house for 10 minutes. (UNI)