World Bank approves Rs. 1036 crore worth ‘Chirag Project’

For increasing the income of farmers

Central Chronicle News
Raipur, Dec 17:
As a result of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel’s initiative and Agriculture Minister Ravindra Choubey’s efforts, the ambitious six-year project ‘Chiraag’ has been approved by World Bank, Washington DC (US). Agriculture Development, improving nutritional value of crops and to increase the income of tribal farmers in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh are the main objectives of this project worth Rs 1036 crore.
Chiraag Project would be implemented in 13 development blocks of seven district in Bastar Division namely Bastar, Bakavand, Baderajpur, Maakdi, Narayanpur, Dantewada, Katekalyan, Sukma, Chhindgarh, Bhairamgarh, Bhopalpatnam, Charama and Narharpur, and 1000 villages of Mungeli Block in Mungeli district. Under this project, advanced agricultural practices would be promoted as per the climatic conditions of the region, nutritional value of crops would be improved, value addition to agriculture produce to be encouraged so that farmers may earn maximum profit.
Besides integrated agriculture, land and water conservation, agriculture and horticulture development, improved fisheries and animal husbandry, and milk production, Farmers Producer Organization (FPO) would conduct various activities to improve income of farmers by increasing the value of farmers’ produce under the project. Gauthan will be considered as the focal point for implementation of this project. Keeping in view the constraints and difficulties faced in the agriculture sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the objective of income growth and employment generation have been under the project.

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