Rain brings hope for Vidarbha farmers

The recent spell of rains in past 8-10 days has brought new hope among farmers. Those who had not sown their crops till few days back have now sown their fields and those who were waiting for the showers to see the seeds grow into plants can expect an average if not a bumper crop. Till now in Nagpur division 37 tehsils have received heavy rains while 19 tehsils have received medium and 8 tehsils little rains.

"Although it is difficult to predict the crop production in this kharif season, recent rains have definitely rejuvenated the farmers' hopes. As of now in Nagpur district only about 3-4 ,000 hectares has gone in re-sowing , the overall situation of all major kharif crops can be expected to be satisfactory," said N G Wakde, sub divisional officer, state agriculture department, Nagpur district while talking to the TOI.

As per information available with the office of the joint agriculture director, Nagpur Division, about 63% of sowing has already been completed in six districts -Nagpur , Wardha, Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli . Of the expected 17,16,900 hectares (ha) land under kharif 11, 43,900 ha has been sown so far in Nagpur division.

Till July 25, 2008 sowing of all major kharif crops like soyabean, cotton, tur, rice, maize, other cereals and pulses. In fact crops like soyabean and tur continue to cover more and more area. Of these crops soyabean has covered the maximum area-6 ,61,500 H (128%) followed by tur 1,53,700 ha (107%), Maize 21,0000 (70%), other cereals 140000 ha (61%), groundnut 620000 ha (58%), cotton 1.51,900 ha (51%), linseed 210000 ha (47%), Jowar 152000 ha (16%), Urad, 200000 ha (44%) mung 240000 ha (41%), other grains 40000 ha ( 67%) and other pulses 410000 ha (45%).

Besides these crops rice nurseries have already been planted in 63,800 hectares while another 77,700 hectares area have gone into broadcatsed rice.

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Bank of Maharashtra
Minor Irrigation for Agriculturists scheme for purchase of various irrigation equipments.
Mahabank Kisan Credit Card scheme for cultivation of crops, meeting the short-term credit needs of farmers.
Farm Mechanisation for Agriculturists scheme for Purchase of Tractors/Power tillers, Harvesters, Threshers & other farm
Animal Husbandry scheme for Purchase of animals, Poultry- Broiler Farm, Layers Farm, Hatchery Sheep/Goat Rearing Construction
of Byre, and Purchase of Machinery Working Capital Requirements under
Scheme for Cultivation of fruit crops-mango, Pomegranate, Grapes etc.
Scheme for providing finance to set up of Agri-Clinics/Agribusiness Centers.
Scheme for Financing Farmers for Purchase of Agricultural land.
Scheme for Financing Two Wheelers to Farmers
Scheme for Providing Loans to Farmers for Purchase of consumer durables
Scheme for Hi-tech projects in agriculture.
Rural Godown Scheme (Gramin Bhandaran Yojana) for scientific storage of agricultural produce.
Minor Irrigation for Agriculturists

Purpose :
Digging of new wells, revitalization of existing well, purchase of oil engine, electric motor, pump set installation of pipe line, sprinkler, irrigation, drip irrigation, tube well, bore well, etc.
Eligibility : Agriculturist who owns agricultural land.
Amount : For new dug wells as per the NABARD Unit costs for equipments/estimates.
Repayment : Depending upon the repaying capacity 7 to 11 years.
Security : Mortgage of land, Hypothecation of movable assets and guarantors.
Other Terms & Conditions :
Proposed well should be located in white watershed area. It should not be in dark watershed area.