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Silchar,June 9: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Cachar, has organized one-day Farmers’ Fair-cum-Awareness Programme on Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yoja in the premises of the District Library Auditorium here on June 7. The programme was aimed at creating mass awareness among the farmers of the district on the newly launched Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yoja in which around 600 farmers have participated.
In his iugural speech, Prabjyoti Sarma, programme coorditor, KVK, Cachar, welcomed the guests and elaborated on the purpose of the programme. Madhumita Choudhury, District Development Commissioner, Cachar, chaired the iugural programme and explained the various advantages of Fasal Bima Yoja. She also requested the District Agriculture Office and Krishi Vigyan Kendra to monitor the process for proper implementation and success of the scheme.
Parimal Shuklabaidya, Minister of PWD (Roads and Highways), Fishery and Excise, who was the chief-guest on the occasion, iugurated the programme. He highlighted the various advantages of the Yoja and asked the farmers to reap maximum benefit from it. He further said, “It is high time to work for the farming community and assure hassle-free implementation of the scheme.”
Sushmita Dev, MP, encouraged the farmers towards increasing the cropping intensity by multiple cropping and wished for successful implementation of the Prime Minister’s Fasal Bima Yoja.
Aminul Haque Laskar, MLA said, “This kind of programme is necessary for creating mass awareness from grass root level. Farmers are illiterate. So they may not be able to know about various schemes from the newspapers. In this respect, an awareness camp proves very beneficial for them to grasp the gist of the various schemes being launched by the government from time-to-time.”
The Lead Bank Mager, Cachar, branch magers of State Bank of India, Assam Gramin Vikash Bank and representative from Universal Sompo General Insurance Company articulated their presentations on different aspects of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yoja in details and interacted with the farmers. J. H. Coudhury, DAO, Cachar, stressed on collaborative efforts from different departments and the electronic media in creating mass awareness about the newly launched scheme.
Dr. B. P. Baruah, chief scientist, Regiol Agricultural Research Station (RARS), Karimganj, has suggested for immediate formation of district level technical committee to assess the technical aspects as well as crop damages due to tural calamities. “Soil test based nutrient application is the need of the hour,” he added. KVK, Cachar has already alysed and distributed 1000 numbers of Soil Health Cards by the dignitaries among the farmers from various corners of the district including the smart villages.
An exhibition was also organized by the Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi along with RARS Karimganj, Department of Agriculture and SHGs under DRDA.