The government has asked states to create their own land record database and link it to the national farmers database, which will help cover eight crore farmers by December 2021. The center’s database currently includes five crore farmers.
During a conference with states via video conferencing, Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar said that with the establishment of the Agricultural Infrastructure Fund, all agricultural bodies and mandis can easily get loans.
The Agriculture Infrastructure Fund was established to encourage investment in infrastructure and the conference explained the recent changes to the scheme to states.
The changes to the scheme include extending eligibility to mandis, government agencies, and both state and state federations of cooperatives and self-help groups. In order to benefit from the fund, these bodies must be associated with activities such as community farming, post-harvest management projects and primary processing.