Gandhinagar, 19 January 2021
The state of Gujarat formulated an agricultural policy on 19 January 2021 to increase arable land. The government has decided to give non-fertile barren, fallow government land on long-term lease. In which horticulture and medicinal crops will have to be prepared. 20,000 hectares of non-fertile government land in 5 districts will be allotted on a 30-year lease. The annual lease rent and security deposit will be charged at a nominal rate. The government has kept a new peace, farmers will not be able to buy land.
In the first phase of the Horticulture Development Mission, 5 districts of the state will be implemented in Kutch, Surendranagar, Patan, Banaskantha and Sabarkantha.
Farmers, companies, individuals, organizations, partnership firms will be able to buy land. Non-farmers will be able to buy it.
By the way Binoba Bhave’s Bhoodan land cannot be accounted for today. The government had given land to Dalit families, cooperatives in which there was a lot of corruption during the Congress. Similar corruption is going to happen on these lands in the BJP government.
Those who are not farmers will buy. In which people believe that BJP leaders will grab the land.
If a normal farmer wants to take this land, then he will have to spend Rs 3 lakh per acre. Therefore, he cannot take government land. Who are rich people. He will be able to take it.
Process – Rules
1 – Can be allocated to progressive farmers, competent individuals, institutions, companies or partnership firms.
2 – The area of land per project will be 125 acres to 1 thousand acres (50 hectares to 400 hectares). 50 thousand acres of such land will be given in the state.
3- The district level committee headed by District Collector will identify the block-survey numbers of the land and prepare the selection list at the district level.
4 – On the basis of the selection list, the Department of Agriculture, Farmers Welfare and Cooperation will publish the list of land on i-Kisan Portal in consultation with Revenue Department.
5 – I-farmers will be able to apply on the portal with the land use scheme.
6 – The proposal received online will be technically scrutinized by the State Technical Committee and sent to the High Level Committee (High Power Committee) for recommendation.
7- State level high level committee constituted under the chairmanship of Chief Minister will examine the proposal and decide to lease the land for 30 years.
After the completion of the 8 – 30 year lease, further extension of the lease may be considered.
9 – The lessee will be able to return the land without compensation before the lease expires.
10 – No basic rent will be charged for the land for the first 5 years.
The basic rent will be Rs 100 per acre per year for 11 – 9 to 10 years, Rs 250 per acre for 11 to 20 years, Rs 500 per acre per year for 21 to 30 years.
12 – Rupees 2500 per acre as collateral to be paid simultaneously at the time of allotment of land.
In 13 – 5 years, the project will have to be developed as approved land.
14 – Up to 70% of the cost accrued by the government as per the prevailing norms (as per GGRC fixed rate) for the drip irrigation system with modern technology of micro irrigation in the project will be supported once in the top priority.
15 – Agriculture priority connections will be given top priority. For this, the rates and rules will be applicable in view of the agricultural connection.
If a power connection is not available, 16 – 25% assistance for the installation of solar panels (excluding motors and pumpsets) required for self-use, this assistance will be available at the Prorata base for larger blocks.
17 – Windmills can be installed. In which additional power cannot be sold.
18 – Exemption from conversion tax on leased land.
19 – Non-farmer lease holder will not get the status of farmer.
20-Land may not be given for sublease or other use.
21 – Land deemed N.A. for the purpose of ancillary activity on leased land. done. But the construction plan has to be approved by the competent authority. The collector should be informed. Also such land will be subject to assessment (non-agricultural tax and other taxes).
22 – Raw Approach Road will be opened to access the leased land.
23 – A seven-member district level land selection committee will be formed under the chairmanship of the district collector concerned. Confirm agriculture for allotment by making a list of block / survey numbers of land that can be used for cultivation of horticultural and medicinal crops among non-fertile government fallow land, in selected blocks, survey number land use or others Is not. , Will send the list to the farmers welfare department and the cooperative department.
24 – Applications received will be examined by a seven-member technical committee headed by the Secretary of Agriculture.
25 – Based on the proposal and recommendations of this technical committee, the final decision on the allocation of such land on lease will be taken by the Chief Minister’s 9-member High Power Committee. The committee will consist of the Deputy Chief Minister as well as the Minister of Agriculture, Revenue, Minister of State for Agriculture, Chief Secretary and Additional Chief Secretary of Revenue and Finance and Member Secretary of Agriculture. The Director of Horticulture will be the implementing nodal officer.
Export will increase by valuation.
Agricultural development is a challenge due to arid and semi-arid and brackish coastal areas.
Out of 1.96 crore hectares, 50 percent or 98 lakh hectares is under cultivation.
There is considerable potential for cultivation of horticultural and medicinal crops in fallow and non-fertile lands. The fruit crop is planted in 4.46 lakh hectares in 2019-20. With a production of 92.61 lakh metric tons, the total production of fruits and vegetables in the country is 9.20.
The total cultivation of horticultural crops is increasing by 20 thousand hectares per year. Areas of North Gujarat and Kutch such as pomegranate, guava, khark, papaya crop have emerged as hubs.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had announced that land would be allotted in arid, semi-arid or brackish areas. (Translated from Gujarati)