December 5, 2018
Farmers to get sprinklers by just paying GST
In a move aimed at bringing huge relief to the farmers of Bengal, the State Government has decided to make available to farmers machines for setting up micro-irrigation facilities (that is, sprinkler machines) by just paying the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
The sprinkler machines being distributed, called rainguns, cost Rs 31,000 each, and carry a GST of Rs 4,050.
With the State Government bearing 55 per cent of its cost under the Bangla Krishi Sech Yojana and the remaining 45 per cent being given through other agriculture schemes, farmers need to pay nothing to buy the machines apart from the GST.
A raingun ensures better irrigation across 100 bighas of land, compared to 40 bighas by a submersible pump.
Besides ensuring a proper mechanism for systematic micro-irrigation, the State Agriculture Minister will also be visiting the districts that recorded unusual rainfall, from December 8 to 28.
Source: Millennium Post