‘Such efforts essential to plug communication gaps in information dispensation’
JAMMU: Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura released the ‘Farmers Friendly Handbook’ for schemes and programmes at a function organised by agriculture department here on Wednesday.
The handbook has been released in two languages – Urdu and Dogri for better dissemination of agro information to farmers.
According to a handout, the publication of booklet of programmes and schemes in native languages will facilitate handy information and awareness among farmers about the guidelines, norms and pattern of assistance under sponsored flagship schemes namely Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) and Soil Health Cards Scheme (SHC), etc.
The handbook will also provide information regarding marketing schemes, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY), cultivation of fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, flowers and bee-keeping to increase farmers’ income, seed production technology, agriculture mechanisation, agriculture extension and training, agriculture credit, plant protection, etc., the handout read.
Commending the department on launching these handbooks in Dogri and Urdu, Hanjura said that this initiative has been long awaited and came at an opportune time to give impetus to efforts towards doubling the farmers’ income by 2022.
“Reaching out to farmers in their respective mother/regional languages shall have far reaching implications and shall benefit the farmers by increasing their understanding of various schemes of central and state government for welfare of farming community of our state,” the minister said. Understanding of the schemes both by the farmers and implementing agencies shall also help in maintaining check and balances, he added.
The minister congratulated the team responsible for successfully executing the task and asked the department to organise awareness camps and ensure that the books and the relevant information reached every Panchayat and every farmer.
Appreciating this initiative, Vice Chairman, Kisan Advisory Board, Daljit Singh Chib, said that these handbooks in native languages would increase the reach of information dispensation besides lead to wider penetration of scheme details at ground level.
VC SKUAST-J, Dr P K Sharma said that these handbooks would help farmers better understand and take benefits from various sponsored schemes launched for their development. He stressed for putting special efforts towards further developing irrigation facilities, especially in far off areas besides extensive marketing efforts for achieving the goal of doubling farmers’ income by 2022, it read..