“To date, no government has been able to provide protection in the way farmers expect. Policies need to be changed to better protect the rights of farmers. Though not all the changes can be made at the same time, farmer-centered policies will be implemented in future.” – Eknath Khadse, Revenue and Agriculture Minister for Maharashtra

New policy for organic farming from April 1
A new policy for organic farming will be implemented in the state from April 1 this year. In this, more importance will be given to the use of organic and bio inputs all over the state to increase the productivity of the soil. The work of determining plans for this is in the final stage at present. Implementation of some of the plans will also begin in the coming month. In order to restrict excessive use of chemical fertilizers and the consequent degradation of farmland, the policy will initially be implemented in three stages: production, sale and use of organic fertilizers. After this, the sale and processing of the agricultural produce will be areas of focus. Khadse explained that this will include projects for fertiliser production from urban waste, use of silt from water reservoirs for conservation of soil, processing industries for organic agricultural produce, etc.

Govt. notifications soon to be issued for bringing sugarcane farming under drip irrigation
Chief minister Fadnavis: “NABARD” should increase credit supply for investment in perpetual agriculture
Mumbai (Reporter): The state government is making efforts to face drought conditions and changes in atmosphere. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis made an announcement that time-bound notifications will be issued for bringing the sugarcane farming area under drip irrigation in stages. The chief minister suggested that rather than focusing on targets for crop loan distribution, NABARD should increase investment loans for perpetual agriculture.

  • 65 thousand 512 crore rupees for agriculture
    The chief general manager of NABARD, Dr. U. S. Saha, said that according to the credit structure of the state, a target of 65 thousand 512 crore rupees for the agricultural sector, 62 thousand 142 crore rupees for the ancillary agricultural sector, and 52 thousand 278 crore rupees for the priority sector has been set.
  • NABARD takes initiative to eradicate drought in the state
    • Water for all – drought-free Maharashtra by 2019
    • Effective increase in the number of agricultural loans
    • Banks to contribute to value added chain with the help of government
    • Supply of funds for agricultural producers’ associations
    • Contribution to building storage facilities
    • Supply of funds for fruit gardens sector and animal farming sector
    • Building of literacy centres for post-harvesting technology and financial literacy

Opportunity for Branding in Domestic and Foreign Markets
Sheetal Masal

Sangli: Resins from Sangli will now reach all over the world under the name “Sangli Resin”. The geographical indication (GI) necessary for this has been obtained. As a result, resins from Sangli will appear with their own, special identity in domestic and foreign markets. This is the first time that the district of Sangli will be recognised in the market because of an agricultural product.

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