A total of 2,000 farmers from 60 gram panchayats have cultivated organic farmers have received support in the first phase from the government Credit: Twitter Image

Agartala: The Tripura government has identified 9,000 hectares land for certification of organic farming, of which 2,000 hectares land has already been certified, said chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb.

Speaking at a district-level Kisan Mela and exhibition in Gomati, Deb said the organic crops to be produced in such certified lands can be sold in international markets. In case of organic farming, the production will be less but the farmers will be benefited.

“The state government is planning to purchase 3 lakh MT paddy in next few years so that the farmers get more benefits. The farmers in Tripura are seeing profits since FCI started purchasing paddy directly from them at MSP — now, the farmers don’t need to go to any middleman,” Deb said.

He also said that as of now 2.21 lakh farmers have sold paddy through FCI and an amount of Rs 137.65 crore has been credited to the accounts of farmers directly. The farmers are receiving the price within three days,” Deb added.

Earlier on January 30, state law minister Ratan Lal Nath said that in the last two financial years, the farmers in Tripura adopted different crops like paddy, ginger, turmeric, maize and mustard in 2000 hectares of land under 60 gram panchayats of 24 RD blocks across the state.

These crops were cultivated in the first phase with a cumulative production and the government spent Rs 19.43 crore.

In the second phase, the state government has taken a target of cultivating organic crops in 4,000 hectares of land with a set target of 1 lakh mt in a period of three fiscal years. The land is located under 130 gram panchayats of 35 RD blocks across the state. The crops include- paddy, turmeric, chilly and pineapple,” he added.

The director of agriculture and farmers’ welfare Debaprasad Sarkar told EastMojo, a total of 2,000 farmers from 60 gram panchayats have cultivated in the first phase of organic farming, while 4,233 farmers of 130 gram panchayats will get chance in the second phase.

Under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (PMKSNY), over 1.95 lakh farmers received Rs 139 crore while 77,523 farmers received over Rs 85 under Kisan Credit Card (KCC).

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