Agri Dept to take farmers' suggestions before budget: Minister



Gumla: Farmers would be consulted about their requirements before planning budget for the agriculture department, Jharkhand Agriculture Minister Mathura Prasad Mahato said here on Sunday.

"We have invited ten farmers from each of the 24 districts on February 7 to know their agriculture needs, so that we can plan agriculture budget accordingly," Mahato said at the 'Mega Loan Fair' organised by the Bank of India (BOI).

"The meeting will be attended by chief secretary and secretaries of finance and agriculture departments. The farmers can openly place their suggestions," he added.

Distributing Rs 10 crore bank loans among 1,000 beneficiaries, the minister said, "Earlier it was the officials who use to draw budget according to their plans, but now farmers' will get opportunity to place their suggestions."

Calling upon the banks and NABARD to make the farmers aware of loan benefits, he urged them to help the farmers find market for their produce.

The BOI's Chief General Manager, M Narendra, laid the foundation stone for a building for Krishak Sikhsa Bhavan where the farmers would be trained how to utilise farm loans judicially and return the loans to banks.

PTI