Kolkata: The West Bengal State Government has decided to provide marginal farmers whatever agricultural implements they need for free. They would be distributed through cooperative societies.
Rs 60 crore has been allocated for the programme, which has been decided to be completed within the next three months. The money would reach the cooperative societies in the first week of February.
Rs 10 lakh would be given, in the first phase, to each of the almost 600 cooperative societies in Bengal. This amount is to be used to buy power tillers, crop cutters, hand tractors, mechanical winnowers and the other machinery to be distributed.
Another decision that has been taken to help farmers is to provide seeds for vegetables at highly subsidised rates through cooperative societies, for which Rs 116 crore has been allocated. Instructions have been sent to ensure the seeds are provided as soon as possible for the summer crops.
Since these seeds are certified by the government, they are of very good qualities. These seeds would also be produced by the cooperative societies.