The Chhattisgarh Government Eliminates: The Chhattisgarh government has decreased the acreage of summer paddy to zero for the upcoming rabi season 2022–23 in yet another effort to dissuade farmers from growing paddy and push them to diversify their crop rotation. However, the administration has set a goal of harvesting rabi crops on 1.92 million hectares of land.
A state government spokeswoman said, “The aim of summer paddy area has been cut to zero in the crop-sowing schedule set by the agriculture department for the rabi season this year.” The choice is perceived as yet another effort by the state administration to stop farmers in Chhattisgarh, formerly known as the nation’s rice bowl, from harvesting paddy.
The state aims to encourage farmers to diversify their crops and plant wheat, gram, and peas during this growing season. Farmers in the state had grown summer paddy on 222,170 hectares during the previous growing season. The Bhupesh Baghel-led administration had previously declared its intention to purchase arhar (pigeon pea), moong (green gram), and urad (black gram) during the kharif marketing season of 2022–23 at minimum support prices (MSPs). Last month, the procurement process began.
For moong, urad, and arhar, farmers receive Rs 6,600 per quintal and Rs 7,755 per quintal, respectively. The Chhattisgarh State Cooperative Marketing Federation will handle the procurement (Markfed). The purchase of the crops at a support price, according to Chief Minister Baghel, would increase farmer revenue because they would now be able to sell their arhar, moong, and urad crops anywhere they could receive a greater price.
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Even for the kharif selling season 2022–2023, the state had decreased the paddy acreage. Paddy was sown in 3.3 million hectares during the current kharif-marketing season as opposed to 3.8 million hectares during the previous season. Even in 2017 under the BJP government of Raman Singh, the decision to cultivate no summer paddy was made.
Due to the state’s severe drought, Chhattisgarh has prohibited farmers from cultivating rabi paddy crops. If the farmers continued to choose paddy, the state administration had issued harsh directives, threatening that there would be no water supply and potentially cutting off the electricity.
Chhattisgarh designated 96 tehsils to be drought-affected in September 2017. The majority of the reservoirs had water levels that were below average. Farmers rely on canal irrigation for the summer paddy after the water is released from the reservoirs. The government had made it clear that the first priority in such a case had been to provide water for drinking and other uses.
In this article, we covered news (The Chhattisgarh Government Eliminates). In yet another effort to discourage farmers from cultivating paddy and encourage them to rotate their crops more extensively, the government of Chhattisgarh has mandated that there will be no summer paddy grown on any land in the state during the rabi season that will begin in 2022–2023. The administration, on the other hand, has established a target of harvesting rabi crops on a total of 1.92 million hectares of land.
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