A worker holds a handful of onions while harvesting the crop on a farm near Chandwad in Maharashtra. (Photographer: Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg)  

Budget 2019: Agriculture Ministry Gets 78% More Allocation In 2019-20 

The government has proposed to increase budget allocation for the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare by over 78 percent to Rs 1.39 lakh crore for the current financial year. Out of this, Rs 75,000 crore will be for the flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, according to the budget document.

The government had allocated Rs 77,752 crore in the revised estimate for 2018-19.

PM-Kisan, launched just before the general election, aims to give Rs 6,000 annually in three equal installments to 12.6 crore small and marginal farmers.

The government has also proposed to increase allocation for Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana to Rs 14,000 crore for the current fiscal against the revised estimate of Rs 12,975.70 crore for 2018-19.

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About 5.61 crore farmers are taking benefit of the farm insurance scheme.

In Budget 2019-20, the government estimates Rs 18,000 crore spending towards interest subvention on short-term crop loan, while Rs 14,987 crore was allocated in the revised budget for the 2018-19.

To ensure minimum support price in times of steep fall in rates, the government has proposed to increase the allocation by Rs 1,000 crore to Rs 3,000 crore for intervening in the market in such times under the market intervention and price support schemes.

The allocation for Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Yojana is projected to be raised by Rs 100 crore to Rs 1,500 crore.

However, for promoting farm mechanisation, not much increase in the budget allocation has been proposed. The government is estimated to spend Rs 600 crore this fiscal.

For the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, the government has proposed to raise the budget allocation to Rs 3,500 crore for this fiscal from Rs 2,954.69 crore last year.

To implement 18-odd central schemes under the umbrella of ‘Green Revolution’, budget allocation is projected to be increased to Rs 12,560 crore for 2019-20 as against the revised estimate of Rs 11,802 crore for the 2018-19.

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