About the Schemes
The objective of the Agriculture Department is to increase agricultural production, sustain the growth rate of agriculture in the Union Territory of Puducherry and enhance the economic status of the farming community.
A number of initiatives have been taken by the Government of Puducherry during the X Five Year Plan and the early years of the XI Five Year Plan to realize these goals. Revamping the agricultural extension, crop diversification, strengthening of marketing infrastructure, building an effective input delivery system, promotion of farm mechanization and ensuring quality control are some of the initiatives taken.
One of the earliest schemes implemented by the Department of Agriculture was “Experiments on the effects of Musical Sounds on the growth of plants”, under which field trials were conducted to investigate the effect of music on the growth of the plants. The scheme, introduced during the 2nd and 3rd Five Year Plans, was discontinued in the 4th Five Year Plan at the instance of the Government of India.
Another scheme implemented in the 2nd Five Year Plan was setting up of tobacco curing barns in Yanam region. Virginia Tobocco was one of the major crops cultivated in Yanam in the 1950’s.
Popularizing the Japanese methods of cultivation was another scheme that was implemented during the 2nd Five Year Plan.
Some other schemes implemented in the earlier Plan periods were Training of Fieldmen and Maistries, Agricultural Loans, Land Reforms, cultivation of mulberry and silkworm rearing, strengthening Rural Credit, Monitoring & Evaluation, Purchase and Distribution of Lands to Landless Rural SC people.
Agricultural Department is the first Department in the U.T. administration to introduce a scheme on e-governance in 2002-03. The Scheme for the Welfare Society for Agricultural Labourers was also introduced during the 10th Five Year Plan.
The Department has evolved schemes such as Precision farming, organic farming, back ended subsidies for horticultural crops and paddy in the 11th Five Year Plan to address the problems caused by the decline in land availability and depletion of water resources etc.
At present, the Department of Agriculture is implementing 24 nos. of Plan Schemes, 10 nos. of Centrally Sponsored Schemes and 5 nos. of Building Programmes. According to schemes related to building programmes, it is operated by the Public Works Department.
A Farmers friendly handbook for the Schemes & Programmes being implemented by this Department of Agriculture, Puducherry. Click here to download
Why this Handbook?
The Department of Agriculture, Government of Puducherry has been implementing various schemes and programmes for the benefit of farmers. The guide each of these schemes thereunder provide relevant details on the type and extend of benefits for different components promoted under these schemes. Guidelines and other details of various programmes and schemes have been made available in this site in local language so as to enable access from the common man. The handbook has been prepared by categorizing various activities in 11 different themes viz. Soil Health, Soil Conservation & Fertilizers, Seeds, Irrigation, Training & Extension for Farmers, Mechanization & Technology, Agricultural Credit, Agricultural Insurance, Plant Protection, Horticulture, Agricultural Marketing and Integrated Farming.