Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to set up 2100 new state tubewells in 62 districts in a major decision in the interest of the state’s farmers. Apart from this, it has been decided to distribute free mustard seeds to the farmers of low rainfall districts on priority basis. The proposal was approved in the Council of Ministers meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at Lok Bhavan (Chief Minister’s Office) on Tuesday.
After the meeting, state agriculture minister Surya Pratap Shahi told reporters that more than Rs 839 crore would be spent on the project. The project will start this year and will be completed by the end of 2023-24. It will provide irrigation facilities to all farmers. He said, one tubewell would be able to irrigate 50 hectares of agricultural land. Shahi said, as a result of this project, the irrigation potential of one lakh five thousand hectares of land will increase. 3.1 million man-days will be created for the construction of these tube wells.
The state government has taken this important step in view of the difficulty of irrigation. On another decision, the agriculture minister said that keeping in mind the poor monsoon in the state, the cabinet has decided to distribute two kg mini kits of toria seeds free of charge. Two lakh such mini kits will be distributed. 4000 quintal tauria seeds will be distributed and it will cost 4 crore 57 lakh 60 thousand rupees.
He said the state government will bear the entire cost. Shahi said that in free distribution, priority would be given to small and marginal farmers and 25 per cent would be distributed among scheduled caste and tribe farmers and the rest among other farmers in the district. Efforts will be made to ensure 30 percent participation of women among selected farmers.
This facility is available on first come first served basis. Shahi said, these seeds will be given on priority to the farmers of low rainfall districts. It will be distributed in presence of public representatives (MP-MLA, Village Head) at block level. He claimed that through this, four lakh quintals of additional mustard will be produced in the state. (organization)