Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel has expressed his intention to make farming diversified and sustainable by increasing the farm income of the tribal farmers living in the tribal belt from Ambaji to Umargam.
The Chief Minister had virtually started the distribution of fertilizer-seed kits from Gandhinagar to about 1 lakh 23 thousand tribal farmers of these 14 districts of the state under the Krushi Vaividhyakaran Scheme 2022-23.
Under this scheme of Krushi vaividhyakaran, for the kharif season this year, maize seeds and fertilizer kits will be distributed to about 75,000 tribals in seven districts of North and Central Gujarat.
Improved vegetable seed fertilizer kits will be distributed to approximately 48000 beneficiaries in 7 districts of South Gujarat.
In this scheme of Krushi Vaividhyakarn implemented by the state government from 2012, it is estimated that more than 1 lakh tribal farmers are benefited at a cost of 30 to 35 crores every year.
Accordingly, farmers of Sabarkantha, Banaskantha, Aravalli, Mahisagar, Dahod, Panchmahal, Chhotaudepur and Narmada, Bharuch, Surat, Navsari, Tapi, Valsad and Dang-14 tribal districts are given the benefit of this scheme. So far, 11.69 lakh farmers have been given scheme benefits.
The Chief Minister made it clear that this Krushi Vaividhyakarn scheme has been launched under the direction of Prime Minister Shri Narendrabhai to increase the income from farming to the tribals who have been cultivating traditionally for years.
While the Prime Minister has given the mantra of a Atmanirbhar Bharat, Krushi Vaividhya to such small-scale tribal farmers is a big step towards Atmanirbharta, he added.
Under the direction of Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel, tribal beneficiary farmers have been registered on the online portal from this year.
Tribal farmers no longer have to go to the office to apply and in this transparent system where they can know the details of their application from home, everything from registration to benefit approval has been done online.
Mr. Bhupendra Patel also said that this online system is conducive to the system that the Prime Minister has started to deliver the scheme benefits directly to the beneficiaries.
Referring to the fact that Adivasi Dang district has become a fully natural farming district, the Chief Minister called upon the tribal farmers to adopt cow based natural farming along with agricultural diversification.
Along with this, the Chief Minister has given an incentive grant of Rs 83.96 crore at a single click for the construction of 143 Ashram schools for the education facility of tribal children of the state.
It is pertinent to point out here that the state government has started such ashram schools to facilitate the education of tribal children living in forest and hilly areas.
In 661 ashram schools across the state under the Tribal Department, meals, accommodation facilities and education of Std. 1 to 12 is given to more than 91 thousand tribal children free of cost.
Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel on this occasion expressed the commitment of the government to bring the tribal children in the mainstream of development by increasing the scope of agriculture in the tribal areas as well as providing education facilities to the tribal children.
He also interacted with tribal beneficiary farmers of Sabarkantha tribal district. The farmer beneficiaries thanked the government for the huge financial support it has received from the production and sale of foodgrains through the assistance provided under this scheme and explained the benefits of the scheme.
Ministers of state cabinets and tribal beneficiary farmers from 14 different places in the district were present on the occasion.
Additional Chief Secretary of Agriculture Department Mukesh Puri, Tribal Development Secretary Dr. Officials including Mr. Muralikrishna, CEO of D. SAG R S Ninama from Gandhinagar were present on the occasion.