PMFBY to be launched soon in Valley
SRINAGAR: Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura Tuesday announced that Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) will be soon launched in Kashmir valley after it was successfully launched in Jammu region. This was said in a meeting organized by Sher-e- Kashmir University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology Kashmir (SKUAST-K).
Reviewing an ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) Regional Committee state level meeting, the minister expressed hope that government is committed to double the income of farmers in the state by 2022.
Hanjura said that state government has already announced several innovative schemes for farmers with the intension to uplift their income and government would soon launch PMFBY for farming community of the valley after the scheme was successfully launched in Jammu region. He said that the scheme would compensate farmers losses incurred due to natural calamities.
According to an official press note, the minister said, “With the introduction of latest agricultural techniques and practices I am hopeful that farmers’ income will be doubled in the state by 2022,”adding “besides, other things the approach recommended by agriculture experts to double the income of farmers in a given time-frame will also be adopted in true spirit.”
The minister also reiterated the “need to increase farm productivity, quality production, reducing cost of production, access to market for better realization of farmers’ produce, policy support and infrastructural development”.
“Preservation and processing of agricultural commodities will not only reduce the wastage, but will also ensure a stable and assured market for the farmers,” he said adding it would eventually increase their income.
The minister exhorted upon the scientists of both the agricultural universities of Jammu and Kashmir to “make all out efforts in realizing the goal of doubling the farmers’ income” and advised them to redouble their efforts in reaching out to the farming community.
He hailed both the universities for their excellent research output and advised them to take their research to the farmers.
The minister stressed on the need to take benefits of various state government schemes so that the state dependency on other states could be reduced. He said, “Presently 70 per cent of goods are being imported from other states and by taking benefit from the state schemes the dependency can greatly be reduced.”
He also released two publications of SKUAST University, “Journal of Research” and “Butterflies of Kashmir Himalayas.”
Vice Chancellor (SKUAST) Kashmir, Prof Nazeer Ahmad, Vice Chancellor (SKUAST) Jammu P.K. Sharma, Principal Secretary Agriculture Production Sundeep Kumar Nayak, Commissioner Secretary Animal and Sheep husbandry, R.K. Bhagat, Secretary Horticulture, M.H. Malik, faculty members and students of SKUAST were present during the meeting.