17th April 2016, Bansur, Alwar
Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting inaugurated one-day awareness programme on “Pradhan Mantri Phasal Bima Yojana” at KVK (ICAR-Directorate of Rapeseed – Mustard, Bharatpur) at village Holawas, Bansur today.
In his inaugural address, the Minister said the main aim of the scheme is to provide a more efficient insurance support to the farmers of the country. He said the scheme will instill confidence in the farmers and thus will bring progress in the country. He further stated the Government’s commitment for improvement of soil health conditions at farmers’ fields which has been reflected through the distribution of one crore soil health cards by March 2016 and this is to be enhanced to 9 crores by 2017. Highlighting the special features of PMFBY, he added that farmers will have to pay a very low premium for insuring their crops which will be 2% for Kharif crops, 1.5% for Rabi crops and 5% for commercial and horticultural crops. Remaining amount of the premium will be borne by the Government. He also informed the other schemes and programmes including Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, per drop more crop, neem coated urea and others.
The Minister also visited Exhibitions stalls of ICAR, agriculture institutes and other agencies and interacted with the scientists and development officials.
Dr. J.S. Sandhu, DDG (Crop Science), presided the function and emphasized on features of PMFBY and highlighted the benefits of the scheme in terms of low premium. He stressed the importance of crop insurance under changing climate for sustainable development of the farming community.
Dr. Shital Prasad Sharma, Additional Director, Agriculture, Govt. of Rajasthan was guest of honour during the event. He appealed to the farmers to promote organic farming for better soil health and enhanced farm income.
Dr. Dhiraj Singh, Director, ICAR-DRMR, Bharatpur highlighted the significant achievements of the KVK, Bansur and its commitment for upliftment of farmers, farm women through various extension activities like Soil Health Card Distribution, Mera Gaon Mera Gaurav Scheme, skill entrepreneurship development programme etc.
Dr. S. K. Singh, Director ATARI, Zone-VI and Sarpanch of village Holawas also attended the event.
A kisan gosthi was also held, where the objectives, terms and conditions of PMFBY were discussed along with the production technology, agricultural schemes etc.
Three technical bulletins were released and twenty progressive farmers were felicitate during the Kisan samellan by the Chief Guest for their contribution in adoption and dissemination of improved agriculture technology in their areas. Exhibition on various technologies were installed and Farmer friendly literatures on PMFBY and other technological packages were distributed amongst participating farmers.
The Kisan samellan was attended by more than 1800 farmers including 700 farm women.
(Source: ICAR-Directorate of Rapeseed-Mustard Research, Bharatpur)