Agricultural Equipments



Agricultural Equipments

The Department of Agriculture & Cooperation conducts input survey in the country as a follow up survey of Agriculture Census on a five yearly interval. As per the input survey conducted with reference to the year 2006-07, the estimated number of agricultural operational holding using tractors, electric pump sets and diesel pump sets were 3,12,79048, 1,27,13933 and 1,31,79632 respectively (excluding the States of Bihar, Jharkhand and Maharashtra).


The Input Survey provides information on multiple cropping and also assessment of the resources that are used in the agriculture sector such as chemical fertilizers, organic manures and pesticides separately for irrigated and un-irrigated areas under various crops, use of agricultural machinery and implements, livestock, institutional credit, types of seeds used, integrated pest management practices, age, educational qualification and household size of operational holder, etc.

The Agriculture Statistics at a Glance is published by the Department of Agriculture & Cooperation every year that provides statistical data on a wide range of agricultural commodities, details of land use and use of agricultural inputs across States and overtime.

This information was given today by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Shri Mohanbhai Kundaria in the Lok Sabha.
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Agricultural Cooperative Societies

The condition of the rural cooperative credit institutions including Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS) have been affected due to several factors which, inter-alia, include low resource base, poor recoveries, lack of business diversification, huge accumulated losses, lack of professionalism in the management, lack of skilled manpower, poor internal control systems etc.

Concerned with the need to strengthen the rural cooperative credit institutions, the Government of India approved a revival package for the Short Term Cooperative Credit Structure (STCCS) in 2006 for providing financial assistance for cleansing of Balance sheets of Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS), District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs) and State Cooperative Banks (St CBs) as on 31.03.2004 and strengthening their capital base for attaining capital adequacy of 7% as on 31.03.2004. However, such financial assistance was contingent upon the State Governments bringing legal reforms encompassing amendment to Cooperative Societies’ Act, Rules and Bye laws to strengthen democratic and autonomous functioning and supremacy of the elected Board and institutional reforms to build up proper accounting, monitoring and internal control systems in the cooperative credit institutions with computerization. The Package was closed on 30.06.2011 and the Government of India had released an amount of Rs.9245.28 crore under the package.

Suggestions/representations have been received from various quarters and stakeholders including High Powered Committee (HPC) on Cooperatives constituted by the Government under the chairmanship of Shri S.G. Patil to further amend the Multi-State Co-operative Societies Act, 2002 to keep the legislation in tune with the changing economic policies and to facilitate the multi-state cooperative societies to take advantage of the new and emerging opportunities and make the management of these societies responsible to the members and accountable to the law of the land.

The Multi-State Co-operative Societies Act, 2002 already provides administrative, functional and financial autonomy to the multi-state co-operative societies to enable them to function as a democratic, autonomous and professional entity. State governments have also been advised to amend the respective State Cooperative Societies Acts to make these provisions.

This information was given today by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Shri Mohanbhai Kundaria in the Lok Sabha.
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Mechanism of Quality Check for Fertilizers

Fertiliser (Control) Order, 1985 has been promulgated for regulation of quality of fertilisers. Samples of fertilisers are drawn periodically by fertiliser inspectors of State Governments to check their quality as per the parameters prescribed in the said Order. In case of imported fertilisers, the fertiliser inspectors of the Central Government draw samples from ships/containers. There are 78 notified Fertiliser Quality Control Laboratories in the country at present. No person shall manufacture/import for sale, sell, offer for sale, stock or exhibit for sale or distribute any fertiliser which is not notified in the Fertiliser (Control) Order or not of standard prescribed in the said Order. State Governments are empowered under the said Order to take appropriate administrative and legal action against those not complying with the provisions prescribed in the Order.

Government also provides assistance for setting up of new Fertiliser Quality Control Laboratories and strengthening/upgradation of existing State Fertiliser Quality Control Laboratories.

This information was given today by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Shri Mohanbhai Kundaria in the Lok Sabha.
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Cooperative Education

Cooperative education is essential for the success of cooperatives. Cooperative education brings awareness about cooperative functioning, their roles, duties and responsibilities and the requirement of the members’ active participation to develop cooperatives.

There are about 97,000 Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS) in the country. The Junior Cooperative Training Centres (JCTCs) which are 109 at present and State Cooperative Unions, provide education and training to the members and functionaries of PACS. JCTCs are under the administrative control of the State Governments. However, National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI) which is an apex body representing the entire cooperative organizations in the country with the mandate of organizing cooperative education and training programmes, extends financial assistance to share the cost of such programmes being conducted by JCTCs. NCUI also spreads cooperative education through its Education Center in Delhi and 43 cooperative education Field Projects spread over whole of India particularly in cooperatively under-developed States. Through these Cooperative education field projects, different modules of cooperative education are delivered to the primary agricultural societies which form the backbone of the cooperative movement in India.

Whenever National Cooperative Union of India conducts any programme, due care is taken to ensure that the programmes do not affect the sowing or harvesting operations of the participants.

This information was given today by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Shri Mohanbhai Kundaria in the Lok Sabha.
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Development of Weavers Cooperatives

The Government is implementing two schemes through National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) aimed at the development of weavers’ cooperatives namely;

(i) Central Sector Integrated Scheme on Agricultural Cooperation (CSISAC)

(ii) Technology Upgradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) of Ministry of Textiles

Ten such co-operatives in Odisha have been benefitted from these schemes for the benefit of weavers. Since inception, NCDC has provided Rs.3880.54 lakhs to the Government of Odisha under Government Schemes, for (i) Handloom Weavers Cooperative Societies (Rs.2382.33 lakh comprising Rs.2178.53 lakh as loan from NCDC and Rs.203.80 lakh as subsidy) and (ii) Handloom Weavers Cooperative Spinning Mills (Rs.1498.21 lakh as loan).

This information was given today by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Shri Mohanbhai Kundaria in the Lok Sabha.
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Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme

The Government has introduced National Crop Insurance Programme (NCIP) from Rabi 2013-14 season with the component schemes of Modified National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (MNAIS) and Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS). The premium rates under MNAIS and WBCIS are on higher side as compared to earlier scheme of National Agricultural Insurance Scheme. This is because there are several improvements and additional benefits to the farmers under these schemes. Further, premium being charged are on actuarial basis and claim liability is at present on the insurance company. However, to make the premium affordable to the farmers, Government is providing upfront subsidy upto 75% under MNAIS and upto 50% under WBCIS.

This information was given today by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Shri Mohanbhai Kundaria in the Lok Sabha.

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Procurement of Chickpea

As the prices were ruling below Minimum Support Price (MSP), NAFED procured 46348 MTs of different varieties of Bengal gram during Rabi Marketing season 2014-15 as per the MSP of Rs.3100 per quintal for the harvesting period 1st February 2014 to 30th April 2014, as notified by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh. The procured stock includes 1931 MTs from Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh.

It was brought to the notice of the Government through a letter that Bengal gram for Rabi Marketing season 2012-13 and 2013-14 was lying in cold storages in and around Prakasam district. Under Price Support Scheme (PSS), Central agencies can undertake purchase of fresh crop at MSP declared by Government of India during the harvesting period notified by State Government from genuine farmers who can provide land records

This information was given today by the Minister of State for Agriculture, Shri Mohanbhai Kundaria in the Lok Sabha.
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