The state government of Maharashtra on 9 January 2014 decided to undertake a dryland farming programme for the farmers. The programme will benefit the farmers who are dependent on the monsoon and also do not have any other irrigation source.
The state government has planned to spend 20000 crore rupees on the programme in five years with headquarter at Aurangabad. More than 50 percent of people of the state is dependent for livelihood on agriculture. About 80 percent of the 225 lakh hectares cultivable land is a dryland.
Apart from the launch of the farming programme, the state cabinet of Maharashtra also decided to allow 55000 homeopathic doctors in the state to prescribe allopathic medicines, subject to some conditions, which includes a one-year allopathic course.
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