To help the farmers in the drought-hit Marathwada and Vidarbha regions, Maharashtra government has decide to promote new crop patterns that is much more suitable for such areas.
To make the pattern a success, the state is also roping in agriculture research council and universities.
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Emphasis is on promoting horticulture and floriculture which can be used under controlled water and temperature technology.
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Further the region-wise crop pattern changes that are being modelled, would also be discussed with the farmers in that region within the next two months.
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Talking about the initiative Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said:
The state has already started an experiment in Osmanabad, where at least 12 farmers’ groups launched a campaign to explore alternative crop patterns with the cultivation of betel leaves (paan) already a success.
The Centre too is collaborating with the state and is giving incentives to promote these new cultivation.