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Assistance to Women Farmers under Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP)

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31 July 2021, New Delhi: Under the schemes implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (DA&FW), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare; the women farmers can avail benefits as per eligibility. The guidelines of the various beneficiary oriented schemes of the DA&FW also provide that States and other Implementing Agencies to incur atleast 30% expenditure on women farmers.

The Ministry of Rural Development started a scheme to provide facilities to women farmers namely, Mahila Kisan SashaktikaranPariyojana (MKSP), a sub-component of Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana- National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY –NRLM), which is under implementation since 2011 through State Rural Livelihoods Mission as Project Implementation Agencies. The primary objective of MKSP is to empower women by making systematic investments to enhance their participation and create sustainable livelihood of rural women.

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The Government has adopted several developmental programmes, schemes, reforms and policies that focus on higher incomes for the farmers, including women farmers which are being supported by higher budgetary allocations. There have been several reforms to unleash the potential which include Market Reforms like Model APLMC (Promotion & Facilitation) Act, 2017; Establishment of Gramin Agriculture Markets (GrAMs); Agri-Export Policy, 2018; The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Act, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment & Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; Amendments to Essential Commodities Act, 1955; Promotion of 10,000 FPOs with necessary financial support under AtmaNirbhar Package (Agriculture) and supplementary income transfers under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN); Pradhan Mantri FasalBimaYojna (PMFBY); Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY); increase in Minimum Support Price (MSPs) for all Kharif & Rabi Crops ensuring a minimum of 50 percent of profit margin on the cost of production to provide remunerative price to farmers; Har Medh Par Ped; Bee-Keeping; Rashtriya Gokul Mission; Blue Revolution; Interest Subvention Scheme; Kisan Credit Card (KCC) that now offers production loan to even dairy & fishery farmers besides agricultural crops etc.

State/UT wise fund released under ‘Mahila Kisan SashaktikaranPariyojana (MKSP)’ of Ministry of Rural Development during the last three years and the current year:

 (Rs. in crores)

StateRelease 2018-19Release 2019-20Release 2020-212021-22
Andhra Pradesh9.730.000.000.00
Himachal Pradesh0.
Jammu and Kashmir0.
Madhya Pradesh0.
UT of Puducherry0.000.000.570.00
Tamil Nadu0.
Uttar Pradesh20.600.000.000.00
West Bengal0.920.520.000.00
Mutli State project5.870.000.000.00
Arunachal Pradesh4.

Note: MKSP in DAY-NRLM is a demand driven programme and there is no provision of State wise allocation for every year.

This information was given in a written reply by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar in Rajya Sabha today.

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