New Delhi: Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar said yesterday the Department of Rural Development, Ministry of Rural Development is implementing Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP) to empower women in agriculture by making systematic investments to enhance their participation and productivity, as also to create and sustain their agriculture-based livelihoods.
Under MKSP, 36.06 lakh women farmers have benefited through 84 projects in 24 States and Union Territories in the country, out of which 1.81 lakh women are in the State of Maharashtra.
A total Central allocation of Rs. 847.48 crore has been made towards implementation of the approved projects, out of which an amount of Rs. 52.15 crore has been allocated for projects in Maharashtra.
The Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare is also providing additional support and assistance to female farmers, over and above male farmers, under various Schemes, viz. Agri-Clinic & Agri-Business Centre (ACABC), Integrated Schemes of Agricultural Marketing (ISAM), Sub-Mission of Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM) and National Food Security Mission (NFSM).
Female farmers can also avail benefits under all the schemes implemented by the Department as per eligibility.
This information was given in a written reply by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar in Lok Sabha on 3 December.