Rural Infrastructure Schemes

Telangana govt launches Rs 8,000/acre investment support scheme for farmers


Mains Paper 3: Agriculture | Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Particulars of the scheme

Mains level: The Rythu Bandhu scheme is a first-of-its kind scheme in India.


First-of-its kind investment support scheme for farmers in Telangana: The Rythu Bandhu scheme

  1. Farmers will get Rs 8,000 per acre every year as crop investment support
  2. About 58 lakh farmers who till over 1.42 crore acres are expected to be benefitted from the initiative

More about the scheme

  1. Farmers will directly get the financial support twice every year to maximise agricultural production and productivity
  2. The financial assistance will be for two crops each year
  3. The state government has already set aside Rs 12,000 crore in the 2018-19 budget exclusively for this scheme

Other efforts done by the state government

  1. As a proof of ownership, Rao also distributed ‘pattadar’ passbook among farmers. Land title documents were prepared after a comprehensive land survey
  2. He pointed out that the survey identified 1.42 crore acres as cultivable land in the state
  3. For seamless implementation of various agriculture-related schemes, land records have been updated and digitised
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