::Office of agriculture, WEST SINGHBHUM ::
The department is headed by District Agriculture Officer. The office contact number is 06582-259003.
The main economic activity of the peoples of West Singhbhum district is agriculture. Paddy and Maize are the two main crops in the district. The agro-climatic condition of the district is suitable for cultivation of a variety of fruits like mango, guava, jack fruit and vegetables like cauliflower, tomato, brinjal etc. There are some good clusters of vegetable cultivation in Chakradharpur, Manoharpur, Noamundi and Majhgaon block in the district. However, in the absence of assured irrigation facility, agriculture in the district is primarily rain-fed and as a result, mainly mono-cropping and subsistence farming is practiced in the district. Absence of effective extension services and lack of backward and forward linkages have made the scene worse.
In West Singhbhum district, the total cropped area is 40,310 ha, the area sown more than once is 5.48 thousand ha. and the Net Sown Area is 363072.24 ha. Out of total cropped area, 14731 ha is under irrigation. Out of the total cultivable holdings, 75% belongs to small and marginal farmers. Average holding size is 0.85 ha. In the absence of assured irrigation network, the cultivation in this region can be characterized as rain fed mono crop cultivation which is primarily to meet own consumption needs and has not acquired commercial scale. There are three crop seasons namely Kharif, Rabi and Summer. Major Kharif crops are paddy, jowar, bajra and maize. Major Rabi crops are wheat, jowar, barley, gram, linseed, rapeseed and mustard. Rice and maize are grown in summer also. Among other activities paddy is cultivated predominately in the district. Besides Maize, pulses and oil seeds are also cultivated on seasonal basis. The predominant activity other than paddy and maize are cultivated in various blocks. Sawai grass, cultivated in Jagannathpur, Tonto , Jhinkpani and Noamundi blocks Tasar silk in Manjhri, Kumardungi, Jagannathpur, Jhinkpani, Chaibasa, Khuntpani, Bandgaon, Sonua, Goelkera and Monoharpur blocks & Lac in Sunua, Goelkera and Manoharpur blocks. In some pockets of Jhinkpani, Tonto, Bandgaon, Goelkera and Monoharpur blocks fruits such as Papaya, Jack fruit, Custard apple and Guava are grown.
The objective of the Department is :-
To increase agricultural productivity through optimum utilisation of available land and water and by giving quality inputs, latest appropriate technology and other assistance to farmers.
To ensure the supply of quality seeds, crop nutrients, pesticides etc., and educate the farmers on crop diversification, market-driven crop cultivation, pest management, water management etc.
Schemes under Agriculture department >>
National Food Security Mission ::
The main objectives of the National Food Security Mission are to :-
- Increase production of wheat, Rice and Pulses in a sustainable manner in identified districts.
- Restore soil fertility.
- Create employment opportunities.
- Enhance farm level profitability.
The Mission interventions include demonstration of improved packages of practices, distribution of certified seed for increase in SRR, integrated nutrient management, integrated pest management, mechanization, soil amelioration, farmers field school based training, etc.
Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) >>
Rastriya Krishi Vikash Yojna scheme to incentivise States to draw up plans at the grass root levels for their agriculture sector more comprehensively, taking agro-climatic conditions, natural resource issues and technology into account, and integrating livestock, poultry and fisheries more fully. This will involve a new scheme for Additional Central Assistance to State Plans, administered by the Union Ministry of Agriculture over and above its existing Centrally Sponsored schemes, to supplement the State-specific/ area specific strategies including special schemes for beneficiaries of land reforms.
Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) scheme >>
It is a scheme for strengthening extensions work under agriculture department.
Objective of the schemes are >>
- To create awareness on cropping package practices of Hybrid & High yielding Maize, Jawar & Madua and oil Seeds - Sunflower, Groundnut, Mustard, Linseed & Nizer
- Promotion in application of Bio Fertilizer, Vermi Compost, IPM & INM.
- Mobilization of farmer organization.
Integrated Scheme Of Oil seeds,Pulses,Maize & Oil palm (ISOPOM)
The major objectives of the schemes are as under :-
- Enhancing productivity and the efficiency of oilseed production, processing, value addition and product diversification to make the oilseed sector sustainable and competitive.
- Attaining self-reliance in pulses for household nutritional security, crop diversification and sustainability of the production system.
- Enhancing productivity, profitability nutritional quality and diversified uses of maize by harnessing potential of technology
Subdivision in Agriculture department
Soil Testing Lab : The department has one Soil Testing Lab at Chakardharpur to provide free soil testing facilities to the farmers. The division is headed by Sri Mithiliesh Kalindi, Assistant Soil testing officer. The objectives are for analyzing soil samples preceding application of fertilizer in correct dosage in farmerís field. Pattern of Assistance is to provide soil testing services for farmers free of cost.
Crop protection : The division is headed by Junior Crop Protection Officer Sri Munendra Das . The division is to exercise vigil on Pest situation. Pattern of assistance is to provide various pest control measures to the farmers.