By Suchandana Gupta
January 14, 2013
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh has been selected to receive the Krishi Karman Award of the Union government for best performance in agricultural production in 2011-2012.
The cash prize award of Rs 2 crore will be given away by President Pranab Mukherjee to chief minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Chouhan’s agriculture minister Ramkrishna Kusmaria will also accompany the chief minister in the award giving function.
The Krishi Karman Award for year 2011-12 is being conferred to Madhya Pradesh for food production.
In addition, Raisen farmer Radhabai Dube and Hoshangabad’s Gambhir Singh Pal will be honoured by the President for best performance in organic farming. They will be given Rs one lakh in cash and a certificate each.
Elated over the selection as best performing state for agricultural production, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government claimed, Madhya Pradesh produced a record 216.08 lakh metric tonnes of food grains last year.
Compared to that, in 2010-11 the state’s maximum food production stood at 166.41 metric tonnes.
The government said that the chief minister made certain important decisions including the constitution of an agriculture cabinet.
Interest on cooperative loans to farmers was reduced to zero percent. Farmers were given Rs 100 per quintal bonus on wheat procurement and Rs 50 per quintal of paddy procurement.
It has been decided to give Rs 100 per quintal bonus on paddy also from this year.
High-yield varieties were promoted and weekly reviews of farm input supply was made. Seed production was increased by forming 1,217 seed production societies.
Besides, 83 percent seeds were sown after treatment and adequate increase was ensured in seed transplantation in wheat and paddy crops.
Micro nutrients like zinc phosphate were promoted. Irrigation facility was provided in 16.35 lakh hectare by enhancing irrigation potential of big dams.
Agriculture credit limit was increased to 30.5 percent for famers. Loans worth Rs 7,629.27 crore were distributed to farmers through cooperative banks in year 2011-12.
According to the agriculture department, Raisen district’s woman farmer Radhabai Dube has emerged as the state’s organic farming ambassador by establishing record of maximum organic crop production in the state.
She produced 23 quintal gram in one hectare land and proved that traditional Indian organic farming method are more beneficial the than use of chemical fertiliser.
When Radhabai receives the award from the President on Tuesday, she will be the first woman farmer of Madhya Pradesh to receive this prize.
Gambhir Singh Pal of Seoni-Malwa in Hoshangabad district will be felicitated for producing a record 74 quintals of wheat per hectare.