AGRICULTURE- Jai Kisan Initiatives Interest rates on crop loans nearly halved from around 14%-18% to 9%. Rs 50,000-crore Jayaprakash Narayan Agriculture infrastructure and credit fund setup. 3.5 crore Farmers issued “Kisan Credit Cards”; Rs 83,000-crores disbursed as loans through these cards. Kcc also provides Personal Insurance package to Farmers: Rs 50,000-thousand in case of death and Rs 25,000 thousand in case of Permanent Disability. Minimum Support Price(MSP) of 25 farm products consistently increased over the past five years. Special package of Rs 15,000-crore for Rehabilitating ailing co-operative banks. National Agricultural insurance scheme operational in 22 states. Income insurance scheme for farmers launched. Essential Commodities Act (1955) amended to facilitate free trade and movement of food grains to help farmers get the best price. 48 Agriculture Export Zones being setup in 14 states for Rs 1,325-crores.Aez’s to facilitate nearly Rs 10,300-crores worth additional Exports over next five years. Assistance of Rs.678 crore announced to states to mitigate the hardships of sugarcane farmers.