Bhopal, October 30: After declaring 35 out of 51 districts as drought affected on October 26 and seeking Rs 2,400 crore as package to be paid to farmers for crop damage, the Madhya Pardesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Friday said that he is looking to formulate a plan by purchasing quality seeds and fertilisers. Singh was also keen on adopting the mixed cropping techniques for farmers’ benefits. Also Read - Curfew, Prohibitory Orders Imposed in Parts of Bhopal | Here's Why

Speaking to the media on Friday, Chauhan said that his government is planning to initiate some policies under which purchase of quality seeds and fertilisers would be done. Also plan of adopting mixed crop farming is also on the cards. He said, “We are looking forward to formulate a short term plan to help our farmers who are affected due to current crisis. Working on long term plans; looking to enhance agriculture through purchase of quality seeds and fertilizers. Will encourage farmers to adopt mixed cropping techniques so that they are not rendered jobless during bad cropping season.” (ALSO READ: Maharashtra: Drought declared in 14,708 villages, state government waves off school students fee) Also Read - MP Shocker: 9 Men Rape 13-year-old Girl in Umaria, Horrifying Details Emerge

Chauhan’s government had earlier on October 22 declared that 27 more revenue sub-divisions across seven Madhya Pradesh districts are suffering from drought. The notification released on that day said the total number of drought-hit division stood to 141 spread across 23 districts. Soon after the notification, the state government declared 35 districts as drought-hit on October 26. The state also sought Rs 2,400 crores to clear the debt of farmers, who are committing suicides. Chauhan had also demanded an additional Rs 300 crore for drinking water supply and Rs 750 crore for waiving off interest payments on loans. Also Read - 15-Year-Old Girls Can Procreate, So Why Raise Age For Marriage, Says MP Congress MLA; NCPCR Issues Notice

Earlier, Maharashtra, Odisha and Karnataka have already declared some of their regions as drought-hit and sought for relief funds. Suicide among the farmers in the drought-hit region has been a national issue and opposition has too slammed the ruling Narendra Modi government for not doing enough for the ailing farmers. While, Karnataka declared a drought in 27 of 30 districts in August and sought central assistance of Rs 3,050 crore, Maharashtra had on 16 October 16 said that out of its 40,053 villages 14,708 are drought hit and crop yields had fallen by over 50 per cent. (ALSO READ: Rahul Gandhi hits out at Narendra Modi for being silent on farmers’ plight, Dadri lynching)