Panaji, Feb 25 (IECurrentAffairs) Goa Agriculture Minister Vijay Sardesai has expressed happiness and lauded Prime Minster Narendr Modi for introducing Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (PM-KISAN) in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday. Department of Agriculture, Government of Goa, had organised programme at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao, for the launch.
Mr Sardesai was the Chief guest. Other dignitaries present on the dais were Director of Agriculture Madhav Kelkar, Dy Director of Agriculture, Nevil Alfonso, South Goa District Manager for NABARD Sushil Naik and Managing Director of Goa State Horticulture Corporation Sandeep Prabhudesai.
Under the scheme Rs 6000 per year would be given to small and marginal farmers having cultivable land up to two hectares. This financial assistance would be distributed in three installments — Rs 2000 each and directly transferred to bank account. The scheme will provide assured income support to small and marginal farmers and its aims to supplement the financial needs of the farmers in procuring various inputs to ensure proper crop health and appropriate yields, commensurate with the anticipated farm income. Approximately 16,000 to 17,000 Goans will be benefited through this scheme, Mr Sardesai added.
Mr Sardesai said, ”We need to start organic farming in the State. There are different schemes to support organic farming and same required awareness. Hence Government is already on path of arranging technical workshop which will give full information to farmers regarding organic farming and its supportive schemes. Government is ready to start new scheme which will give benefit farmers.”
He urged the gathered farmers to come up with suggestion or recommendation on any welfare scheme so that Government may introduce the same.
The minister also referred to Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) in Odisha and Rythu Bandhu scheme in Telangana and said being in government his aim was to take farmers forward.