‘Committed to extend benefits of all schemes’
JAMMU: The government is giving special focus on various farmers’ welfare programmes and schemes and is according top priority to effectively implement innovative strategies for doubling farmer’s income by 2022, stated Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region, Prime Minister’s Office, Jitendra Singh here on Wednesday.
He said that the agriculture department should lay concentrated thrust on production centric as well as income centric strategies, a handout read.
“We all have to work collectively to materialise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of doubling farmers income by the year 2022 which is completely in the interest of farmer’s community and hence the nation”, he maintained.
Singh was speaking after inaugurating Kissan Kalyan Karyashala organised by Department of Agriculture under Gram Swaraj Abhiyan at KVK, R S Pura.
He said that the government was committed to extend benefits of all schemes “to the last man in the last queue”.
He also elaborated on various reformative schemes being launched by the government Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), Soil Health Card Scheme (SHCS), Neem Coated Urea, Kisan Credit Cards, etc. for the benefit of farmers.
He said, “The very first seed processing unit is being set up at Kathua by the National Seed Corporation of India.” He advised farmers to get their local products like Basmati Rice registered under a specific brand name to promote the variety as well as their production.
Singh asked the department to “focus on better irrigation facilities, quality seeds and nutrients based on soil health, large investment in warehousing and cold chains, promotion of value-addition through processing, creation of national farm market, introduction of new crop insurance scheme, promotion of ancillary activities like poultry, beekeeping and fisheries”, read the handout.
The minister also distributed Kisan Credit Cards and Soil Health Cards among the farmers. He said that government has distributed 12.5 crore Soil Health Cards across India including 3.5 lakh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He also released a “Farmers Friendly Handbook for Schemes and Programmes in Urdu & Dogri Vernaculars”.