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AGRICULTURAL DIVERSIFICATION SCHEME BY GUJARAT

AGRICULTURAL DIVERSIFICATION SCHEME BY GUJARAT

Context:

Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat, e-launched the 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:

  • It will benefit some 1.26 lakh farmers from 14 tribal districts of the state.
  • 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 given to these farmers.
  • Seeds of crops such as maize, Bitter Melon (karela), millet, tomato, Calabash (dudhi) etc. will be given under this scheme.

Gujarat’s Tribal Districts:

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

Gujarat:

  • It is a state on the western coast of India with a coastline of 1,600 km – most of which lies on the Kathiawar peninsula.
  • It has a population of 60.4 million.

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