Gujarat launches Agricultural Diversification Scheme

Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani, e-launched Agricultural Diversification Scheme-2021 which will benefit vanbandhu- farmers in tribal areas. It seeks to make agriculture sustainable and profitable in tribal areas.

About the scheme

  • Scheme will benefit some 1.26 lakh farmers from 14 tribal districts of the state.
  • Under this scheme, tribal farmers will be provided fertilizer-seed assistance of Rs. 31 crores.
  • About 45 kg of urea, 50 kg of NPK and 50 kg of ammonium sulphate will be provided to these farmers.
  • Seeds of crops such as maize, millet, tomato, Bitter Melon (karela), Calabash (dudhi) etc. will be provided under this scheme.

What state government has done to provide water?

State government has also undertaken works to deliver irrigation water at high altitudes through several lift irrigation schemes in hilly areas of tribal districts. These schemes would enable tribal farmers to cultivate on their own.

Tribal districts in Gujarat

Scheduled areas or Tribal areas of Gujarat are distributed across Tapi district, Bharuch district, Dangs district & taluka, Valsad district, Panchmahal district, Vadodara district, Saurashtra region, Sabarkantha district and Surat District. As per census 2011, population of Gujarat was 60,439,692 out of which 8,917,174 persons are Scheduled Tribes (STs). They constitute about 14.75 percent of total population of Gujarat.

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