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Farmers Welfare In Mind, UP Budget Focuses On Technology, Sustainability

The largest ever budget in the state saw focus on farmer’s skill upgradation, use of technology and sustainable agriculture

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As the Uttar Pradesh finance minister Suresh Khanna read out the state’s annual budget for 2023-24, it was evident that agriculture is one of the focus sectors for the state government. 

According to Khanna’s speech, the state government has paid Rs 51.639 crore in 12 instalments through DBT to the farmers of the state under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojna for the fiscal 2022-23. The budget 2023-24 focussed extensively on upskilling the farmers with latest technologies and also natural and sustainable farming. 

Here is what the UP budget proposed for the agri sector - 

  • Putting sustainable and natural farming to the centre of things, the UP budget proposed a provision of Rs 631 crore 93 lakh is proposed for the National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture scheme.

  • Under the National Mission on Natural Farming scheme, the work of cow-based natural farming has been initiated in 49 districts of the state in the financial year 2022-2023, which includes 26 districts that are connected to the river Ganges. 1714 clusters are covered under the scheme, whose combined area is 85,710 hectares. A provision of Rs 113 crore 52 lakh is proposed for the scheme.

  • The state also is participating actively in the UN’s International Year of Millets. The budget proposed Rs 55.60 crore for the implementation of the Uttar Pradesh Millets Revival Program.

The budget also emphasised on the use of technology and upgrading the skills of the farmers and also increased their income. Khanna stated that an innovative program ‘The Million Farmers School’ is being organised in the entire state to train farmers with the latest techniques of agriculture. It is proposed to organise 17000 Kisan Pathshalas in the year 2023-2024.

A provision of Rs 2 crore is proposed for the Agri-Stack scheme for the digital database of farmers.

The CM Yogi Adityanath’s another flagship scheme, Atma Nirbhar Krishak Samanvit Vikas Yojana, too got a big chunk of the agri budget. The scheme, launched in 2022, saw a provision of Rs 100 crore being proposed in the annual budget. 

Apart from these, a provision of Rs 984.54 crore is proposed for the National Agriculture Development Scheme, alongwith Rs 753.70 crore proposed for the National Crop Insurance Scheme. A provision of Rs 1950 crore is proposed for the supply of power at subsidised rates to the private tube wells of the farmers.

The budget also saw a provision of Rs 102.81 crore for Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Kisan Samriddhi Yojana and Rs 15 crore each for the distribution of pulses and oil seed mini kits.