Farmers to get Cheques, says Pocharam

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Hyderabad, Jan 10 (): Agriculture Minister P Srinivas Reddy has said that the government plans to give crop investment of Rs 4000 by rainy season in form of cheques. As the majority of farmers sought the cheques, the government favours to disseminate the same he said. The minister discussed with ministers Harish Rao, E Rajender, G Jagadish Reddy, P Mahender Reddy and T Nageshwar Rao at a meeting at Secretariat. Srinivas Reddy said that most of the farmers are demanding cheques during meetings held. He said that they interacted with them and got suggestions from 62.377 farmers from 624 villages. The Sub-Committee will submit a report to Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on the issue to take a final call he said. Aim of the scheme is to help farmers avoid loan problems during crop season. KCR will take a decision and crop investment for Rs 4000 in form of cheques will be given to the farmers, he said.

The scheme is first of its kind in the country and no other state might have dared to implement such a scheme. As per revenue records and land cleansing steps the officials found that 71.75 lakh farmers have 1.42 cr acres of land in all districts in the state. The committee suggested to avoid not cultivable land from the scheme he said adding that there is no limit of acres. He said that 97.2 per cent farmers have land below 10 acres and 0.28 per cent farmers with more than 20 acres and the scheme costs about Rs 5000 cr to Rs 6000 cr funds a year. The government will urge the Centre and RBI to help for the scheme by avoiding cash shortage in the banks, he added.