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Assistance to Women Farmers under Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP)

Assistance to Women Farmers under Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP)
Under the schemes implemented by the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (DA&FW), Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare; women farmers can avail benefits as per eligibility. 

The guidelines of the various beneficiary-oriented schemes of the DA&FW also provide that States and other Implementing Agencies incur at least 30% expenditure on women farmers.

The Ministry of Rural Development started a scheme to provide facilities to women farmers namely, Mahila Kisan SashaktikaranPariyojana (MKSP), a sub-component of Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana- National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY –NRLM), which is under implementation since 2011 through State Rural Livelihoods Mission as Project Implementation Agencies. 

The primary objective of MKSP is to empower women by making systematic investments to enhance their participation and create the sustainable livelihood of rural women.

The Government has adopted several developmental programmes, schemes, reforms and policies that focus on higher incomes for the farmers, including women farmers which are being supported by higher budgetary allocations.

There have been several reforms to unleash the potential which include Market Reforms like Model APLMC (Promotion & Facilitation) Act, 2017; Establishment of Gramin Agriculture Markets (GrAMs); Agri-Export Policy, 2018; The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Act, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment & Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; Amendments to Essential Commodities Act, 1955; Promotion of 10,000 FPOs with necessary financial support under AtmaNirbhar Package (Agriculture) and supplementary income transfers under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN); Pradhan Mantri FasalBimaYojna (PMFBY); Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY); increase in Minimum Support Price (MSPs) for all Kharif & Rabi Crops ensuring a minimum of 50 percent of profit margin on the cost of production to provide remunerative price to farmers; Har Medh Par Ped; Bee-Keeping; Rashtriya Gokul Mission; Blue Revolution; Interest Subvention Scheme; Kisan Credit Card (KCC) that now offers production loan to even dairy & fishery farmers besides agricultural crops etc.

State/UT wise fund released under ‘Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana (MKSP)’ of Ministry of Rural Development during the last three years and the current year:

State

Release 2018-19

Release 2019-20

Release 2020-21

2021-22

Andhra Pradesh

9.73

0

0

0

Assam

0

0

0

0

Bihar

2.68

0

0

0

Chhattisgarh

0

0

0

0

Gujarat

0

0

0

0

Himachal Pradesh

0.19

0

0

0

Haryana

1.89

1.62

0

0

Jammu and Kashmir

0

0

0

0

Jharkhand

2.53

8.98

3.49

0

Karnataka

0

0

0

0

Kerala

7.44

0

0

0

Maharashtra

0

0

0

0

Madhya Pradesh

0

0

0

0

Meghalaya

0

0

0

0

Mizoram

0

0.46

0

1.37

Odisha

0.82

0

0

0

UT of Puducherry

0

0

0.57

0

Rajasthan

6.45

0

0

0

Telangana

0

0

0

0

Tamil Nadu

0

0

0

0

Uttar Pradesh

20.6

0

0

0

West Bengal

0.92

0.52

0

0

Nagaland

2.35

0

2.35

0

Mutli State project

5.87

0

0

0

Arunachal Pradesh

4.13

0

4.12

0

Uttrakhnad

0

0

0.67

0

Punjab

0

0

0

0.48

Total

65.6

11.58

11.2

1.85


Note: MKSP in DAY-NRLM is a demand-driven program and there is no provision of State wise allocation for every year.

This information was given in a written reply by the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar in Rajya Sabha today.

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