In line with the continued commitment and resolve to empower grassroot level farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the 10th instalment of financial benefit under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme today via video conferencing on Saturday. This enabled the transfer of an amount of over Rs. 20,000 crore to more than 10 crore beneficiary farmers. During the programme, Prime Minister also released an equity grant of more than Rs. 14 crore to about 351 farmer producer organisations (FPO), which will benefit more than 1.24 lakh farmers. Prime Minister interacted with FPOs during the event. Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and chief ministers, lieutenant governors of union territories, agriculture ministers and farmers from several states were linked to the event.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that PM Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) is a big support for India’s farmers. If we include today’s transfer, more than 1.80 lakh crore rupees have been transferred directly to the accounts of the farmers, he said.
Interacting with an FPO from Uttarakhand, Prime Minister enquired about the choice of organic farming by them and the ways of certification of the organic products. He also talked about the marketing of the organic products of the FPO. The FPO also told the Prime Minister how they arrange for organic fertilisers. The Prime Minister said that it has been the efforts of the government that natural and organic farming is widely promoted as it reduces the reliance on chemical fertilisers and improves the income of the farmers.
The FPO from Punjab informed the Prime Minister about the ways of disposing off the parali (crop residue) without burning. They also talked about the superseeder and help from government agencies. The Prime Minister wished that their experience of parali management should be emulated everywhere.
FPO from Rajasthan talked about honey production. They said that the concept of FPO has been very useful for them with the help of NAFED.
An FPO from Uttar Pradesh thanked the Prime Minister for creating FPOs as the foundation of the prosperity of the farmers. They talked about their process of helping the members with seeds, organic fertilisers, variety of horticulture products. They also talked about helping farmers with getting benefits from the government schemes. They are getting benefits of e-Nam facilities. They promised to fulfil the Prime Minister’s vision of doubling the farmers’ income. The Prime Minister said that the confidence of the country’s farmers is the key strength of the country.
An FPO from Tamil Nadu informed that with NABARD support, they formed FPO to get better prices and the FPO is fully owned and operated completely by women. They informed the Prime Minister that Sorghum is being produced due to the weather conditions of the area. The PM said Nari Shakti’s success is an indication of their indomitable willpower. He asked the farmers to take benefits of millet farming.
FPO from Gujarat talked about natural farming and how cow-based agriculture can reduce the expense and stress on soil. Tribal communities of the region are also benefitting from the concept.
The Prime Minister said that through FPOs, small farmers are feeling the power of collective strength. He pointed out five benefits of FPOs for small farmers. These benefits are increased bargaining power, scale, innovation, risk management and adaptability to the market conditions. Keeping in mind the benefits of FPOs, the government is promoting them at every level. These FPOs are getting the help of upto 15 lakh rupees. As a result, FPOs like organic FPOs, oilseed FPOs, bamboo clusters and honey FPOs are coming up all over the country. “Today our farmers are benefitting from the schemes like ‘One District One Products’ and markets, both national and global, are opening for them”, the Prime Minister said.
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