Agriculture in Karnataka Budget 2016-17

Agriculture in Karnataka Budget 2016-17

The following Announcements were made in the Budget related to Agriculture. 

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Agriculture in Karnataka Budget 2016-17

1. Karnataka State Agricultural and Farmers Welfare Committee

  • Chairman- Chief Minister
  • For redressal of grievances of farmers
  • To achieve increased co-ordination at district, taluk and hobli  levels.

2. Special Agricultural Zones

  • For emphasis  on  farmers  and  farm techniques.

3. Suvarna  Krishi  Grama programme:

  • Development of 100 model agricultural villages.

4. Pulse Mission:

  • To increasing the production of pulses during 2016 As part of International Year of Pulses.
  • International Year of Pulses 2016
    • The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP)
    • The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been nominated to facilitate the implementation of the Year in collaboration with Governments, relevant organizations, non-governmental organizations and all other relevant stakeholders.
    • The IYP 2016 aims to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition.
    • The Year will create a unique opportunity to encourage connections throughout the food chain that would better utilize pulse-based proteins, further global production of pulses, better utilize crop rotations and address the challenges in the trade of pulses.


5. Chief Ministers Sookshma Neeravari Yojane

  • 90% subsidy for Drip Irrigation and Sprinkler units

6. Training/Extension Programme:

  • Short term training programs to farmers through Agricultural Universities.
  • Digital Agriculture
  • Development of a new extension system under PPP in association with IIM, Bangalore for agricultural universities and agri-clinics.

7. Raitha Samparka Kendras

Weather forecast and agricultural related suggestions to be provided to farmers

Raitha Samparka Kendras have been established one at  each hobli (sub-blocks)levels.  Each RSK is headed by an Agricultural Officer (Agricultural Graduate)

Objectives :

1.     To provide updated information on crop production options, practices markets etc.,

2.     To facilitate on site provision of critical inputs like seeds, bio-fertilizers, micro-nutrients etc.,

3.     To provide primary seed and soil testing facilities.

4.     To provide a forum for on-farm demonstration about new technologies developed by both public and private sector agencies.

8. Regional Federations established to strengthen the Savayava Bhagya scheme

About Savayava Bhagya Scheme

  • Organic Village/Site Programme(Savayava Bhagya Yojane) is the first step to promote Organic Agriculture in the state of Karnataka, as per Karnataka State Policy on Organic Farming(2004)
  • As much as 100 acres of farmland will be identified in one village of a hobli for demonstration purposes under the scheme.
  • The scheme will be implemented via various NGOs which will act as nodal agencies.
  • Each village selected under this scheme will receive Rs 3.75 lakh from the government.
  • The government would help farmers in branding, packaging and marketing their products. The government would also help farmers to popularise their brands in the urban market and would also help certify the products as organic. A certification agency has been set up in the department for this purpose.


  1. Enhance the soil fertility and productivity by increasing life in soil
  2. Reduce the dependency of farmers for most of the inputs like seeds, manures, and plant protection materials by sourcing local natural resources
  3. Reducing the cost of cultivation
  4. Help farmers use water sparingly,
  5. Improve farmer’s income through production of quality produce
  6. Increase the food security by encouraging traditional crops and traditional food habits.
  7. Increase the rural employment opportunities to prevent migration to urban areas
  8. Facilitate farmer’s Self Help Groups for most of their requirement
  9. Make the environment safe and pollution free
  10. Protect health of human beings and animals
  11. Equip the farmers to effectively mitigate the drought situation in rain fed and drought prone areas.
About Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana

There will be a uniform premium of only 2% to be paid by farmers for all Kharif crops and 1.5% for all Rabi crops. In case of annual commercial and horticultural crops, the premium to be paid by farmers will be only 5%.

The premium rates to be paid by farmers are very low and balance premium will be paid by the Government to provide full insured amount to the farmers against crop loss on account of natural calamities.

There is no upper limit on Government subsidy. Even if balance premium is 90%, it will be borne by the Government.

Earlier, there was a provision of capping the premium rate which resulted in low claims being paid to farmers. This capping was done to limit Government outgo on the premium subsidy. This capping has now been removed and farmers will get claim against full sum insured without any reduction.

The use of technology will be encouraged to a great extent. Smart phones will be used to capture and upload data of crop cutting to reduce the delays in claim payment to farmers. Remote sensing will be used to reduce the number of crop cutting experiments.

The new Crop Insurance Scheme is in line with One Nation – One Scheme theme.  It incorporates the best features of all previous schemes and at the same time, all previous shortcomings/weaknesses have been removed.

9. Implementation of Karnataka Raitha Suraksha Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana from 2016-17

10. Providing incentive for promoting the establishment of agro processing units under Agri Business and Food Processing Policy 2015.

11. Financial assistance for implementation of ‘Agri start-ups’


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