Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on October 5 took stock of all the central schemes being implemented in the state.

Chairing a review meeting with departments of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary and Fisheries in Itanagar, Khandu assured financial support to the schemes that require state share.

He said as implementation of Agri and allied sector schemes are time-bound and seasonal, delay in release of state share of funds should be avoided.

When informed by departmental officials of state share still to be released for utilisation of central shares, Khandu asked the chief secretary to convene a meeting of the concerned departments with the Finance and Planning department officials so that all pending cases of state share be resolved at one go.

With regards to the infestation of paddy fields especially in the districts of East Siang, Siang, Upper Siang and Lower Dibang Valley that caused huge loss to rice farmers, the CM urged the concerned departments to extend help in all possible manner.

A detailed discussion was also held on oil palm cultivation, which is central scheme under the National Food Security Mission (NFSM).

Khandu and Agriculture minister Tage Taki were informed that the state government had signed MoUs with three companies – Siva Sai, 3F and Ruchi Soya for setting up oil extraction factories and buy back oil palm fruits from farmers under the scheme.

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While several farmers will be harvesting for the first time this year, the companies are yet to establish the assured infrastructure.

The CM took serious note of it and directed the secretary to take up with the company authorities and the concerned deputy commissioners urgently.

Khandu also emphasised on successful and prompt implementation of the recently launched Prime Minister’s Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) under which the centre along with the state will bear 60 per cent of the total cost for establishment of a fishery and 40 per cent will be the beneficiary’s investment.

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