Separate agriculture budget 2024-25 presented in Tamil Nadu Assembly

Panneerselvam announced seed distribution to encourage traditional paddy varieties that could help fight against diabetes.

ByPTI

Published Feb 20, 2024 | 12:07 PMUpdatedFeb 20, 2024 | 12:07 PM

Agriculture Minister MRK Panneerselvam apresenting the agriculture budget

Tamil Nadu Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, MRK Panneerselvam on Tuesday, 20 February, presented the agriculture budget for 2024-25 in the Assembly and announced new initiatives, including those aimed at improving soil fertility.

In his budget speech, the Minister said the indiscriminate use of chemical fertilisers, herbicides, and pesticides, has led to a decline in overall soil fertility.

Recognising the imperative to shift towards sustainable and chemical-free agricultural practices for the well-being of society, he said a new flagship scheme the “Chief Minister’s Mannuyir Kaathu Mannuyir Kaappom Scheme” (CM MK MKS—CM’s scheme to protect soil fertility) with “22 components” will be implemented at an outlay of ₹206 crore during the year 2024-2025.

Steps to reduce chemical fertilisers in paddy crops, and measures to nurture villages to help them tackle climate change were among the Minister’s announcements in the House.

Also, Panneerselvam announced seed distribution to encourage traditional paddy varieties that could help fight against diabetes.

He also set apart ₹65.30 crore for millet crops, the purposes include optimising yield.

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