(Kajal Singh intern journalist): The scheme was announced in February last year, under which 14 crore farmers across the country are to be given Rs 6,000 in three equal installments.
The government has added more than Rs 19,000 crore to the bank accounts of 9.65 crore farmers under the Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) during the lockdown period. The scheme was announced in February last year. Under the scheme, 14 crore farmers will be given Rs 6,000 in three equal installments.
The Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement, “Under PM-Kisan, an amount of Rs 19,100.77 crore has been added to the accounts of 9.65 crore farmer families since March 24.
The Ministry of Agriculture said that so far 34.87 lakh hectare area has been sown. This figure was 25.29 lakh hectares in the same period last year. So far, pulses have been sown in an area of 12.80 lakh hectare, this figure was 9.67 lakh hectare till the same period last year.
Similarly, the sowing of coarse grains has been done in a 10.28 lakh hectare area. In the same period last year, 7.30 lakh hectares were sown. Similarly, the area under sowing of Tilnah has increased from 7.34 lakh hectare to 9.28 lakh hectare.
The statement said that during the lockdown, NAFED has procured 5.89 lakh tonnes of a gram, 4.97 lakh tonnes of mustard, and 4.99 lakh tonnes of tur (arhar). Recently, after the economic loss due to coronavirus and lockdown, the central government announced a relief package of 20 lakh crores, and many important provisions were made for the farmers.