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Himachal’s scheme to save crop from animals finds many takers : The Tribune India

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Shimla, December 8

The Mukhya Mantri Khet Sanrakshan Yojana (MMKSY), launched six years in the past to save crops from monkey and wild animals, has began selecting up and 5,535 farmers have benefited to the tune of Rs 173 crore and 4,669-hectare land has been recultivated.

The state authorities is offering subsidy to the agriculturist for solar energy fencing and farmers are entitled to 80 per cent subsidy for establishing the fence at private stage and 85 per cent subsidy at group stage. The fencing is operated with solar energy and retains animals at bay.

In the previous few years, there have been a handful of farmers who opted for the scheme and the animal menace was so potent that farmers had began leaving their lands uncultivated. As per authorities claims, 4,669-hectare barren land had been re-cultivated below the scheme.

Earlier, the farmers weren’t coming ahead to avail the advantages of the scheme as the price of barbed wire was unaffordable even after the subsidy.

Following recommendations, the state authorities had made a provision of fifty per cent subsidy on barbed wires and chain-link fencing together with 70 per cent subsidy on composite fencing, a spokesperson mentioned.

Consequently, a rise within the variety of beneficiaries has witnessed up to now two years as farmers have felt that due to photo voltaic fencing, trespassing of untamed animals has diminished. To avail the advantage of the scheme, farmers can apply individually or as a gaggle to the Deputy Director, Agriculture. — TNS