Farmers Fair on “Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojna” at Mathura
Krishi Vigyan Kendra under U.P. Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Veterinary University, Mathura organized one day farmer fair and awareness programme on Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojna on 30 April, 2016. Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Loksabha Mathura, Smt. Hema Malini was the Chief Guest and inaugurated the farmer’s fair. In her inaugural address, she elaborated the major features of the scheme and termed the scheme as “turning point” for the farmers. She thanked the Prime Minister for launching farming friendly new crop insurance scheme and appealed the farmers to derive maximum benefits out of it. Inaugurating the agricultural exhibition she called upon the farmers to take advantage of the scheme which so far only 23% of them have taken. She said that the crop insurance scheme may change the lives of farmers. She informed the gathering of the farmers that the previous insurance schemes were loaded with high premium, thus giving more benefit to insurance agencies. The new scheme has been prepared by Central Government after due consideration of the short coming of the previous schemes. The shortcoming of the old policy has been eliminated while the premium payable, in the new policy would be nominal and the compensation admissible would be as per cost involved in crop production. She encouraged the farming community to adopt intercropping, mixed cropping system, organic farming, water conservation, judicious use of water in crop, use of Neem coated urea and animal rearing.
Terming herself as lucky for representing birth place of Lord Kishna as MP, she expressed her commitment for addressing and overcoming the problems of the farmers. She appreciated the role of Veterinary University, Mathura in making this programme a success as well as for the establishment of Gokul Gram to conserve indigenous cattle through Go-Anusandhan Sansthan of the University. On this occasion she also released a magazine “Brij Mein Krishi Evam Pashupalan” published by KVK and distributed soil health cards to the farmers.
She also listened the problems of the farmers and assured them that she will discuss the problem of Blue Bull and wild boar with the concerned Ministry to get rid of this menace.
Shri Manish Kumar, Chief Development Officer, Mathura elaborated the major features of the various schemes being launched by State as well as Central Government and requested the farming community to take advantage of these schemes. He further emphasized on the pricing and marketing policy of the government for upliftment and economic empowerment of the farmers and provision of on-line registration for these schemes.
Dr A.K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Extension) ICAR, New Delhi briefed about the major activities of KVKs and stated that new and innovative front line extension programmes on soil health card, pre-Rabi and pre-Kharif campaign, organic farming, Mera – Gaon, Mera – Gaurav are being organized by KVK Mathura regularly .
Dr K.M.L. Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, DUVASU, while welcoming the Chief Guest and farmers, briefed about the activities being taken by the University for enhancing the income and profitability of farming community of Mathura region. He highlighted the major achievements of KVK under the university Jurisdiction and said that to promote indigenous cow a “Gokul Gram” is being set up at university campus under the “Rastriya Gokul Mission” funded by Central Government. Dr. Pathak stated that such programmes for the benefit of farmers will be organized regularly by the University.
Shri Pooran Prakash, M.L.A. Badeo, Mathura stated that innovative insurance scheme of “Pradhan Manti Fasal Beema Yojna” is unique of its kind and the farmers of Mathura region will be benefited with this scheme. He emphasized the need for timely release of compensation by the bank for the farmers.
More than one thousand farmers including 100 women farmers from different parts of Mathura District participated in fair. An interactive meeting (Vichar-Gosthi) between farmers, district line departments and scientist was organized to discuss the various schemes, their execution and benefit for uplifting the economy of the farmers. Public representatives, district level government officers, private and NGOs representatives were also present in the programme. An exhibition was also organized during the event to showcase the various technologies in which different departments from state and centre government of Mathura district participated. Farmers’ friendly literature on “Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojna” and other technological packages were distributed amongst participating farmers.