Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Agriculture, Shri Chandrakant (Babu) Kavlekar launched “Crop Insurance / PMFBY Yojna Week” programme at Quepem Municipal Hall today. He also flagged the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) van which will campaign and make awareness of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna scheme (PMFBY).
Speaking on the occasion Shri Kavlekar reiterated the efforts put up by his Government and Agriculture Department to make the State self sufficient (Swayampurna) through agriculture. He said PMFBY scheme aims to give protection and provide financial assistance to the farmers when their crop gets destroyed due to various reasons. The schemes should reach to every farmer and Agriculture Department is working tirelessly in that direction, he opined.
He appreciated the staff of Agriculture Department for working on the field in the current difficult pandemic situation for the benefit of the farmers. Urging the youths to come forward to take the benefits of various agriculture schemes, hee said community farming is one of the best scheme of the Agriculture Department.
Director, Directorate of Agriculture, Shri Nevil Alphonso briefed about the PMFBY scheme and various other schemes of the Department and urged the farmers to take benefit. He said risk cover of the crop loss is covered under PMFBY scheme.
PMFBY scheme is being implemented in the State since Kharif 2016 season at the Cluster of Village Panchayats level. Scheme aims to support sustainable production in agriculture by providing financial support to farmers suffering crop loss or damage arising out of natural calamities like hailstorm, draught, floods, cyclones, heavy and unseasonal rains, attack of disease and pests etc. Paddy, Pulses, Groundnut and Sugarcane are the four major crops covered under this scheme.