NABARD should cover more farmers, distribute credit cards: Randhir Singh

Ranchi: Jharkhand Agriculture minister Randhir Singh today said NABARD should cover more number of farmers of the state and distribute Credit Cards among them with increased amount of credit.

Farmers of a poor state like Jharkhand, who were badly affected by drought for past several years, needed help, Singh said while speaking at a function organized by NABARD (National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development) here.

He said the state has taken initiative to extend all possible assistance to them and if NABARD supports them by distributing Kisan Credit cards among them and extends the limit of credit, it would be help them as well as the state.

The Kisan credit card should be distributed among maximum farmers and extending the loan limits for them, he suggested.

Appreciating the initiative of NABARD, the minister said the state government has focused on inclusive farming and making effort to link other sources of income.

Saying that the Raghubar Das-led dispensation was a government of the villages, the poor and the farmers, Singh said it aimed to extend all assistance to the farmers with the co-operation of NABARD.

The state government has plans to prepare a separate budget for agriculture next fiscal with an aim to promote the sector, he said.

Deputy General Manager of NABARD Dr B K Das said agriculture produce could be increased by providing loans.