Besides, the Cabinet also approved providing additional interest subvention of 3 per cent per annum to those farmers who repay on time, that is within one year of disbursement of their short-term crop loans taken during the year 2014-15, an official statement said.

For the interest subvention, government approved the release of Rs 18,583 crore as interest subvention for 2014-15 of which Rs 4,399 crore subvention to NABARD for refinance to Cooperatives Banks and  Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) and Rs 14,184 crore to Public Sector Banks, Private Sector Banks, RRBs and Cooperative Banks for subvention on their own funds.

The government also approved the interest subvention to small and marginal farmers having Kisan Credit Cards for loan against negotiable warehouse receipts for post harvest at 7 percent per annum and it also permitted the release of Rs 321 crore, the statement added.

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