SRINAGAR: To discuss and deliberate upon issues related to implementation of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna (PMFBY) in Kashmir Valley, a wrap-up meeting of technical advisory committee Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture Government of India, representatives of leading insurance companies of the country and mission director PMFBY, was held here at Agriculture Complex Lal Mandi, Srinagar.
Director Agriculture Kashmir Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi, who is also the mission director for PMFBY, chaired the meeting and asked the participants that the department would be at the forefront in providing technical support, data availability and other related expertise.
Department’s goal is to serve the farming community in a best possible manner, contribution in the successful and affective implementation of PMFBY is department’s professional responsibility, he said.
Sharing his views, head of the technical advisory committee Sunil Kumar assured the participants that the government would provide all possible support for the successful and early implementation of PMFBY in Kashmir. He told the participants that their concerns will be addressed up to the best of their satisfaction. However, there must be a collective approach for the early implementation of PMFBY in the valley, he added.
A detail discussion was also held on different aspects related to the implementation of PMFBY, including methodologies and models to be adopted, data evaluation, crop-cut experiments, yield estimation models etc.
The technical advisory committee is constituted by the Government of India to submit recommendations regarding the crop-cut experiments for apple and saffron that are being adopted by the concerned departments here. The committee has to observe the scientific relevance of these crop-cut models so that these methods could be incorporated in national model of PMFBY for its extension to Kashmir Valley.
The meeting was attended by Sunil Kumar, Assistant Director Credits Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare GoI; S R Joshi, Senior Consultant PMFBY Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare GoI; S S Saksena, DGM Agriculture Insurance Company; Haji Altaf Hussain, Director NSSO Kashmir; Sonum Lotus, Director Indian Meteorological Department; representatives of leading insurance companies, and regional (SMS) M Yaseen Masoodi.