Stresses changing orthodox mindset associated to farming
SRINAGAR: To augment the income of small and marginal farmers (SMFS), the Government of India has launched Pradhan Mantri Kissan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan), a central sector scheme. This was disclosed by Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi while reviewing the progress of implementation of Scheme in Kashmir division.
Expressing his view, Andrabi said, “The PM-Kisan scheme aims to supplement the financial needs of small and marginal farmers in procuring various inputs to ensure proper crop health and appropriate yields, commensurate with the anticipated farm income at the end of each crop cycle,” adding that the scheme would protect the small and marginal farmers from falling in the clutches of money-lenders for meeting such expenses and would ensure their continuance in the farming activities, the handout read.
Andrabi said, “This scheme is applicable to the farmers having land holdings less than 2 ha (40 kanals) and shall be provided Rs 6000/- per annum,” adding that the first installment of Rs 2,000/- would be credited in their accounts upto end of this month.
The director instructed the officers to take the revenue officials on board while registering the farmers for taking benefits of the said scheme, read the handout.
He stressed upon the officers to be in the forefront while implementing farmer-friendly schemes and to change the orthodox mindset associated to farming. He directed the officers to update the progress on said scheme on daily basis.
Officers of the department involved in this scheme apprised the meeting regarding the progress, it added.