The Rajasthan government’s programme of giving free seeds to women under the Mukhyamantri Krishak Sathi Yojana has become popular in the state.
A state agriculture department official said, “Mini-kits containing seeds of moong, moth, urad, mustard, jowar, bajra etc have been distributed free under the Krishak Sathi Yojana.”
Thus, according to him, doing this would guarantee women’s involvement in agriculture, and their contribution would boost the state’s economy.
According to Agricultural Commissioner Kanaram, the agriculture department has delivered mini-kits of free seeds to more than 5.430 million women farmers in the state over the course of the past four Rabi and Kharif seasons, including more than 2.606 million in 2022–23.
In addition to more than 811,000 mini-kits of mustard seeds (of 2 kg and 3 kg), the department has also distributed more than 860,000 mini-kits of 1.5 kg bajra seeds, more than 795,000 mini-kits of maize seeds (5 kg), 22,475 mini-kits of masoor seeds (8 kg), 4,144 mini-kits of flaxseeds (2 kg), and 26,315 mini-kits of 4-kg moth.
A farmer named Chandra Kala in the Kota district’s Aamli village claimed to have received a mini-kit of 2 k of high-quality mustard seeds free. Due to her financial situation, she claimed it was impossible for her to buy seeds, so most of the time her fields remained barren or unoccupied.
High-quality bajra seeds, according to Sumitra Devi of Khedli village in Dausa district, were the reason for the record crop.