Ahead of kharif season for which farmers who are even though severely hit by Covid lockdown have however started preparations following the prediction of a normal monsoon this year, on the backdrop of this, district collector Suraj Mandhare will chair a crucial meeting today (Wednesday) to review current status of crop loan disbursal by banks to the farmers in the district.
The collector who had led first meeting in last week setting a target of Rs 3303.75 crore before the banks to disburse kharif crop loans to all the eligible farmers in the district before the onset of southwest monsoon, will take stock of the present scenario of the crop loan disbursal. The banks so far have disbursed crop loans amounting to Rs 151 crore, 77 lakh and fifty-eight thousand. In the last few days crop loans to the tune of Rs 20 crore were disbursed to farmers by the banks for preparation of kharif sowing.
The government has set crop loan disbursal target before the banks. A target of Rs 2243.79 crore has been set for nationalised banks, Rs 605.74 crore for private banks, Rs 16.84 crore for rural banks and Rs 437 crore for NDCC Bank, totalling Rs 3303.75 crore.
Earlier, citing slow pace of loan disbursal ahead of kharif activities which are picking up pace, district collector Suraj Mandhare had convened a meeting of the officials of lead bank, nationalised banks, credit societies, cooperative and other concerned banks and had directed them to immediately disburse kharif crop loans to all the farmers who are eligible for debt relief, paving the way for the aggrieved farmers to get crop loans to prepare for kharif season.
State agriculture minister Dada Bhuse and guardian minister Chhagan Bhujbal had also instructed banks for a hassle-free loan disbursement.